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Research
October 4, 2022 • 2 Min

More Effective Radiotherapy for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Researchers are testing a drug that penetrates the stroma, to make radiotherapy work better for advanced pancreatic cancer patients.

long-term pancreatic cancer survivor Elizabeth O'Connor and her family
Survivor Stories
April 11, 2022 • 6 Min

Cherishing the Simple Things

Elizabeth O’Connor has a PALB2 genetic mutation so her stage IV pancreatic cancer has responded to immunotherapy.

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Survivor Stories
July 21, 2021 • 2 Min

The Importance of a Good Treatment Team

Wayne Mullis credits his treatment team with choosing the best pancreatic cancer treatment for him and for helping him through treatment.

pancreatic cancer patient Thomas Stachler
Survivor Stories
May 4, 2021 • 2 Min

You Only Have One Life to Live

Tom Stachler traveled from his home in Michigan to an expert surgeon in Wisconsin to have Whipple surgery for his pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Matthew Katz
Research
April 6, 2021 • 5 Min

New Data Support Preoperative Chemoradiation Regimen for Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

Should patients get chemotherapy or chemoradiation before surgery? Dr. Matthew Katz provides an update on the Alliance study.

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Research
July 31, 2020 • 3 Min

Standard Chemotherapy Plus Novel Drugs for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

This trial tests the effectiveness of three different novel drugs, including immunotherapy, added to standard treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer patient Harvey Parker and his wife and daughters
Survivor Stories
April 24, 2020 • 5 Min

Genetic Testing Leads Me to a PARP Inhibitor Trial

Harvey Parker had genetic testing as part of his initial pancreatic cancer treatment. The BRCA2 mutation led him to a PARP inhibitor clinical trial.

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Research
January 7, 2020 • 5 Min

New Guidelines on the Use of Radiation for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

New clinical guidelines from the American Society for Radiation Oncology will help clarify the best uses of radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer.

PARP inibitor olaparib
Research
December 23, 2019 • 5 Min

Looking Back at the Year in Research: 2019

Research highlights of 2019 include: approval of a PARP inhibitor, artificial intelligence to diagnose pancreatic cysts, and updated radiation guidelines.

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Research
December 13, 2019 • 3 Min

Testing Treatment Combinations to Make Surgery More Effective

Can losartan (a high blood pressure drug) and immunotherapy combined with standard chemotherapy and radiation be an effective combination against pancreatic cancer?

Dr. Yaacov Lawrence
Research
November 25, 2019 • 7 Min

For Pancreatic Cancer Patients, Pain Control Through Targeted Radiotherapy

Dr. Yaacov Lawrence is using celiac plexus radiotherapy in a clinical trials to target a source of pain for pancreatic cancer patients.

pancreatic cancer survivor Steven Lewis
Survivor Stories
June 19, 2019 • 5 Min

Twice Facing Pancreatic Cancer

Steven Lewis has faced down pancreatic cancer twice–first with a Whipple, chemo and radiation; then with liver surgery for metastasis.

pancreatic cancer patient Rick Baker and his wife Shelley
Survivor Stories
May 10, 2019 • 5 Min

Molecular Profiling Leads to Non-Standard Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

With stage IV pancreatic cancer, Rick Baker got molecular profiling which helped direct his different treatments, including clinical trials.

Deirdre Cohen
Research
December 17, 2018 • 4 Min

Aiming to Improve Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Deirdre Cohen discusses clinical trials that aim to improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer patient Mark Head and his wife and children
Survivor Stories
September 28, 2018 • 6 Min

A Charley Horse Led to Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Discovery

Mark Head thought he had a Charley horse, but it turned out to be a more serious deep vein thrombosis. A scan for the source found a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.