Navigating Pancreatic Cancer
We are here to empower you to ask bold questions, seek out the best treatment options, and face the unique challenges of pancreatic cancer head-on. We want to give you the resources and information you need to make informed decisions that are best for you.
As overwhelming as a pancreatic cancer diagnosis is, it is important to act quickly and put a treatment plan into place. Treatment should ideally begin within one month after you receive your diagnosis. Understand your disease. Thoroughly understand what stage of pancreatic cancer you have and inquire about having your blood and tumor genetically sequenced. […]
If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a clinical trial may be your best treatment option. Many clinical trials are underway for patients in all stages of the disease and may involve new combinations of currently available drugs or new drugs that have worked in other cancers. No matter where you are in your journey, we encourage you to learn more about clinical trials.
LET’S WIN! Pancreatic Cancer A Dynamic Way to Share Information Recognizing that there is an urgent need for patients to communicate amongst themselves and with the medical community about potentially life-changing treatments and clinical trials, we are proud to be affiliated with Let’s Win. Let’s Win is an interactive online community where patients and families […]
Pancreatic Cancer Connections is online social community that provides a safe space for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones to share their experiences, get valuable coping resources, and support one another. Patients interact with others who are facing a pancreatic cancer and can post questions to the board or message other members privately. This community forum is a valuable resource for patients, caregivers, and their loved ones to refer to at various stages of their treatment and recovery.
Patients and loved ones can sign up for Pancreatic Cancer Connections at no cost and will be welcomed into an engaging and supportive community to discuss topics including treatment options, nutrition, and coping with the disease. Pancreatic Cancer Connections is hosted by Inspire, a leading healthcare social network that connects more than 1,000,000 patients and caregivers.
Pancreatic Cancer Meeting Highlights
AACR Highlights: Monday, September 9
Cancer cells divide uncontrollably resulting in a flood of new tumor cells and this uncontrolled metabolic wave requires energy.
But metabolism is altered in pancreatic cancer and scientists are trying to understand the molecular underpinnings of the nutrients of choice for various cell types. These new insights into cancer metabolism kicked off the third and final day of plenary sessions at the AACR special conference on pancreatic cancer, bringing together the best minds in pancreatic cancer research. Also on the docket: new model systems, animals and beyond. Scientists are using genetically engineered mouse models that closely recapitulate human pancreatic cancer as well as organoids, small three-dimensional tumors that are grown right from the cells of patient’s tumors. Organoids in particular are potentially bringing us one step closer to personalized medicine for pancreatic cancer patients.
Possible drug target for pancreatitis
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that accounts for 275,000 hospitalizations in the United States annually. Patients who suffer from hereditary pancreatitis have a 40 to 50 percent lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Dannielle Engle, a former Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Cancer Center postdoctoral fellow who was recently appointed Assistant Professor at Salk Institute, studies the progression of pancreatitis to pancreatic cancer. She has focused on a potentially powerful biomarker, a chemical structure created by complex sugar molecules called CA19-9, since CA19-9 is elevated in patients with pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
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Join “Jeopardy! James” in the Fight
Tune in tonight, Monday, September 9th, as the 36th season of Jeopardy! kicks off. We will be watching and look forward to cheering on the iconic game show host Alex Trebek on as he reprises his role for this upcoming season after his pancreatic cancer diagnosis five months ago and subsequent treatment.
In a recent article, Trebek promised viewers an entertaining season ahead. “We’ve got some exciting things coming up, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you,” said Trebek in the article. “Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year.”
Even Jeopardy! James, James Holzhauer, who won an impressive 32-straight games on the show, will be tuning in to wish his friend well. Watch the short video he shared ahead of the show’s premiere below.
Trebek’s courageous fight is giving hope to thousands of patients and their families who have been affected by this disease. Join us and Jeopardy! James tonight as Jeopardy! returns.
In honor of Trebek and everyone else impacted by pancreatic cancer, please consider donating $36 for season 36. 100% of your donation goes directly to research leading toward a cure.
Follow the Lead of “Jeopardy! James”
We all watched in disbelief as Alex Trebek shared in March that he was suffering from Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This news hit Naperville, IL Walk leader Ann Zediker especially hard, as she lost her own father to the disease in 2010, just five months after he was diagnosed. She watched a man who loved life deteriorate during treatment. Now, Ann is fighting for continued research and a cure.
This year, Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer, who won an impressive 32-straight games, caught her attention. After seeing him on the show, she learned that he was born and raised in Naperville, and she invited him to attend this year’s walk on Saturday, July 14th. While he couldn’t attend, he has added his support to the Naperville Walk in honor of Alex Trebek and all the other survivors. His generous donation of $1,109.14 represents his daughter’s birthday (November 9, 2014).
We encourage you to follow James’ example and donate amounts corresponding to your birthday, in honor or in memory of a loved one, or in support of Alex Trebek.
Your contribution will make a difference in detecting the disease earlier, developing better treatments and eventually finding a cure! And, thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100% of your donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
NBC: ‘Jeopardy!’ champ James Holzhauer makes pancreatic cancer donation in Alex Trebek’s name
CBS: “Jeopardy James” Holzhauer donates to pancreatic cancer research to honor Alex Trebek
Fox News: “Jeopardy!’ champ James Holzhauer donates to pancreatic cancer charity walk in Trebek’s honor
CNN: “Jeopardy!” Champion James Holzhauer donated to a cancer walk in Alex Trekek’s name
ABC Chicago: “Jeopardy! James” Holzhauer donates $1K to Naperville pancreatic cancer research walk
Chicago Tribune: ‘Jeopardy!’ champ James Holzhauer makes donation in Alex Trebek’s name to Naperville pancreatic cancer walk
Yahoo: ‘Jeopardy!’ champion James Holzhauer donates to pancreatic cancer walk in Alex Trebek’s name
Survivornet: As Alex Trebek continues his journey with pancreatic cancer “Jeoparty James” contributes part of his fortune to finding its cure
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a leading medical genetics company, today announced the availability of Detect Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer, a testing program that offers no-charge genetic testing and counseling to patients with pancreatic cancer. Genetic testing is recommended by clinicians for all pancreatic cancer patients to guide treatment choices and evaluate eligibility for clinical trials. “Genetic information can be particularly valuable for […]
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Scientists studying a highly cancer-prone family have identified a rare, inherited gene mutation that dramatically raises the lifetime risk of pancreatic and other cancers. The discovery of the previously unknown mutation, reported in Nature Genetics by investigators from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, could lead to routine testing of individuals with a strong family history […]
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