What Caused My Pancreatic Cancer?
Despite no known genetic link, Steven Robinson is the fourth member of his family on his mother’s side to get pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Caught Early Because of My Vigilance
Beverly Leighton joined a screening study and underwent genetic testing because of her family history of pancreatic cancer.
Searching for Potential Pancreatic Cancer Blood Biomarkers
Researchers are using blood samples to follow people considered at risk for developing pancreatic cancer in a trial looking for early detection biomarkers.
A Second Opinion Leads to a New Treatment Plan
Brad Kerr changed his pancreatic cancer treatment plan after getting a second opinion, and had neoadjuvant chemotherapy before his Whipple.
Younger Brother’s Pancreatic Cancer Leads to Regular Screening for his Oldest Brother
When Scott Nelson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, oldest brother Steve began regular screening, which lead to his early diagnosis.
Early Detection Makes All the Difference
Carolynn Kiel lost her mother and sister to pancreatic cancer. Regular screening allowed early detection of her pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer and Family History
Dr. Diane Simeone is developing a tablet-based family history survey to identify patients with a genetic-based risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
A Registry for Those at Risk for Pancreatic Cancer
Dr. Robert Kurtz founded the Pancreatic Tumor Registry at Memorial Sloan Kettering to learn more about the genetic mutations that cause pancreatic cancer.
Taking Nothing For Granted
After Whipple surgery and chemoradiation, Susan Zbacnik had molecular profiling, genetic testing, and joined an Immunotherapy clinical trial.
Most Cancer Mutations Are Random DNA Mistakes
In a large study, Dr. Bert Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins found that a majority of cancers, including pancreatic cancer, are caused by random mutations of DNA.
Treating BRCA-Negative Pancreatic Cancer Patients with a Family Cancer History Similar to BRCA Carriers
A clinical trial looks at the effectiveness of a PARP inhibitor in BRCA-negative pancreatic cancer patients with a family history BRCA-type cancers.
Developing a Screening Test for Pancreatic Cancer
One focus of research for Dr. Anirban Maitra is to develop a simple screening test for pancreatic cancer, to provide an earlier diagnosis of the disease.
Education, Clinical Trials, and Advocacy
Pat Theobald lost her mother to pancreatic cancer, so when she received the same diagnosis she knew to start treatment with a clinical trial.
Can a Pancreatic Cancer Screening Test Become a Reality?
Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman discusses screening options for pancreatic cancer and criteria for people who might want to get screened.
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.