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Research
June 1, 2016 • 5 Min

Personalizing Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Dr. Mark Ricigliano takes a closer look at the genetics of circulating tumor cells, to personalize pancreatic cancer treatment for the best results.

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Research
May 23, 2016 • 5 Min

A Liquid Biopsy for Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Bert Vogelstein and his team at Johns Hopkins are working with a blood test called a liquid biopsy, which tests cells for mutations related to cancer.

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Survivor Stories
May 18, 2016 • 3 Min

Understanding Family History Makes a Difference in Treatment Options

Elizabeth Pršić describes her mother Andrea’s pancreatic cancer treatment. Andrea has the BRCA2 mutation, which helps determine the plan.

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Disease Management
April 19, 2016 • 4 Min

In the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer, Knowledge Is Power

Oncologist Allyson Ocean, M.D., introduces Let’s Win, an interactive website for pancreatic cancer patients to learn about new treatments.

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Research
April 18, 2016 • 5 Min

Putting the Immune System on the Offensive

A discussion of immunology in cancer treatment, focusing on the work of Elizabeth Jaffe, M.D., and her cancer vaccine and checkpoint inhibitors.

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Research
April 17, 2016 • 3 Min

Drug Onivyde Gives New Hope to Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Onivyde (injectable irinotecan), combined with fluorouracil and leucovorin, has been approved as a second-line treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer.

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Treatments
April 16, 2016 • 5 Min

Why You Need This Simple Blood Test at Diagnosis

Measuring the level of the tumor marker CA-19-9 is important in determining which treatment to use for pancreatic cancer patients.

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Research
April 15, 2016 • 3 Min

Could There Be a Cure in Vitamin C?

Vitamin C has been found to kill cancer cells that carry the KRAS mutation. This mutation is common in pancreatic and colorectal cancers.

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Disease Management
April 14, 2016 • 5 Min

Three Ways to Be your Own Best Health Advocate

Leslie Michelson recommends putting together a health care team of friends, advocates and physicians for the best possible care after a cancer diagnosis.

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Research
April 5, 2016 • 2 Min

Combining Gene Therapy with Current First-line Treatments for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

Gene therapy combined with standard first-line chemotherapy treatment forms a clinical trial for metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Anne Glauber, pancreatic cancer patient
Survivor Stories
April 5, 2016 • 3 Min

Working with Oncologists Willing to Take Risks

Anne Glauber chooses the new science of slow dosing of chemotherapy for her pancreatic treatment. She looks to developing science for future treatments.

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Survivor Stories
April 4, 2016 • 3 Min

Personalized Treatment Plans in the Fight Against PC

David Dessert explains that his aunt’s genetic testing for BRCA2 mutation directed his own treatment for pancreatic cancer.

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Research
April 3, 2016 • 2 Min

Comparing the Effectiveness of Vaccine Therapy With or Without Additional Immunotherapy

Can the immunotherapy combination of cancer vaccines and a checkpoint blockade drug work against metastatic pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer survivor Dr. Sharon Seibel
Survivor Stories
April 3, 2016 • 4 Min

My BRCA2 Mutation Turned Out to Be Both the Curse and the Cure

Sharon Seibel knew she had the BRCA2 mutation but was unaware of the link to pancreatic cancer. Her chemotherapy was one for BRCA carriers.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Howard Ebert and his family
Survivor Stories
April 2, 2016 • 2 Min

A 10-Year Survivor’s Story

Howard Ebert, a 10-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, describes his treatment. He underwent surgery and then chemotherapy and radiation.