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Interview with an Expert Series

The Lustgarten Foundation has developed this series of discussion guides featuring a Q & A with a physician or other expert on relevant topics for pancreatic cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.  The guides also provide actionable suggestions and practical advice for managing pancreatic cancer, both physically and emotionally.  Topics featured include pancreatic cancer surgery, pain management, depression/anxiety, nutrition, clinical trials, and treatment options.

Treatment-Related Topics  |  Coping/Managing Your Disease  |  Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer

Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer

Genetic Counseling & Testing
Harold Frucht, M.D. defines genetic testing as the process of extracting DNA to look at a specific sequence for abnormalities consistent with a specific disease, such as pancreatic cancer. He explains that genetic testing is part of a larger process of genetic counseling. Risk stratification is a main topic in genetic counseling, which is the process of assessing and individual’s likelihood of developing the disease. Read More…

Screening & Early Detection
Marcia Canto, M.D. explains the difficulty of screening for pancreatic cancer and that MRI’s and CT scans are imaging tests that are performed but may not show small pancreatic tumors. She states that it is so difficult to screen for pancreatic cancer because people without symptoms don't realize that they should see a doctor and get screened, and the pancreas is not an easy organ to visualize or access for tissue sampling. She explains that if you are at a higher risk to develop pancreatic cancer to enroll in the cancer registries that exist. Read More…

Familial Pancreatic Cancer NEW
Ralph Hruban, M.D. discusses that about 10% of pancreatic cancers have a familial basis. He explains that a familial pancreatic cancer family is “a family with at least a pair of first-degree relatives with pancreatic cancer.” By collecting genetic information, scientists hope to understand the role of genetics and the environment in the development of pancreatic cancer. Read More…

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