Blog

15 Articles

Shawnee Daniels Sykes
Survivor Stories
August 4, 2022 • 4 Min

A Changing Treatment Plan

Shawnee Daniels-Sykes and her doctors have been changing her treatment plan to match her stage IV pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer long-term survivor Helene Avraham-Katz and her family
Survivor Stories
September 23, 2021 • 5 Min

The Butterfly Effect and Living Every Day to My Fullest

Because Helene Avraham-Katz has the BRCA2 mutation, certain chemotherapies work better and she is eligible for specific clinical trials.

pancreatic cancer patient Anthony Rafaniello and his grandsons
Survivor Stories
October 8, 2020 • 3 Min

Diagnosed Early

Because Anthony Rafaniello had recurring pancreatitis, he paid close attention when he started to feel sick. The result: pancreatic cancer diagnosed early.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Gary Carmichael and his wife Floy on their trip to Alaska after
Survivor Stories
June 16, 2020 • 9 Min

Facing My Biggest Danger: Pancreatic Cancer

After Gary Carmichael finally found the source of his digestive troubles, he had a Whipple procedure to remove his pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer patient Malcolm Robertson and his family
Survivor Stories
April 13, 2020 • 3 Min

A Genetic Mutation Aids My Treatment

Malcolm Robertson carries the BRCA2 mutation, so when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, platinum-based chemo was part of his treatment.

pancreatic cancer patient Justin Baker and family
Survivor Stories
March 8, 2019 • 5 Min

Facing Pancreatic Cancer and Making the Most of Borrowed Time

Justin Baker In January 2017, I began to have slight right upper quadrant abdominal pain. I was just about to turn 38. It was the same week my son was born and two weeks prior to taking my oral boards for my board certification as an oral surgeon, the culmination of 15 years of higher […]

Pancreatic cancer patient Rob Babcock, holding his granddaughter, and surrounded by his family
Survivor Stories
November 9, 2018 • 7 Min

Life With Pancreatic Cancer and on Clinical Trials

After a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, former basketball coach and GM Rob Babcock realized his best chance was with clinical trials.

Dr. Paul Silverstein, pancreatic cancer patients
Survivor Stories
June 13, 2018 • 7 Min

Aiming to be More than a Statistic

Dr. Paul Silverstein knew that he needed genomic testing, immunotherapy, and a clinical trial in his battle with pancreatic cancer.

microscope slide that looks like plant stems and flowers that are darker blue or yellow on a light blue background
Research
December 13, 2017 • 2 Min

Treating Tumors Before Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Can neoadjuvant treatment such as chemoradiation make pancreatic cancer removal surgery more effective? That is the question asked by this clinical trial.

Magnified slide of human pancreas cells, stained in aqua color with a dark outline around some of the rounded cells
Research
July 24, 2017 • 2 Min

Trying a New Type of Treatment to Stop Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers test the chemotherapy combination of AM0010 and FOLFOX as a second-line therapy for people with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer patient Samuel Chi and his family in the mountains
Survivor Stories
December 14, 2016 • 5 Min

Finding a Treatment Geared to My Cancer

Samuel Chi describes his search for a pancreatic cancer treatment that allows him to live comfortably and reduce his tumor so he can have surgery.

Pancreatic cancer patient Pat Theobald
Survivor Stories
November 16, 2016 • 3 Min

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.

Illustration of the twisting spirals of two DNA double helices in royal blue and purple on a turquoise colored background
Research
October 18, 2016 • 2 Min

A New Drug Combination to Control Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial for pancreatic cancer patients with the BRCA mutation tests the effectiveness of standard treatment plus a PARP inhibitor.

Pancreatic cancer patient Marianne
Survivor Stories
October 5, 2016 • 4 Min

With No Family History of Cancer, Surprised By the Diagnosis

Marianne, a nurse, went to a hospital that specializes in cancer. A liquid biopsy will determine the next step in her treatment.

Micrograph of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma showing cells in pink and dark purple with white spaces between.
Research
August 31, 2016 • 2 Min

A New Chemotherapy and Radiation Regimen to Shrink Tumors Before Surgery

Researchers are testing a new combination of chemotherapies and radiation to shrink pancreatic cancer tumors and make surgical removal possible.