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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.

Christine Shaffer pancreatic cancer patient, outside in the sunlight
Survivor Stories
September 17, 2018 • 4 Min

Failure is Not an Option

Christine Shaffer underwent chemotherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy to shrink her tumor for surgery. She says failure is not an option.

Randall Swan
Survivor Stories
August 8, 2018 • 6 Min

Before And After: My Pancreatic Cancer

Randall Swan did his homework on the best treatments and clinical trial options in order to do battle with pancreatic cancer.

water running into beaker
Research
June 21, 2018 • 3 Min

Multicenter Trial Focuses on Neoadjuvant Treatment for Borderline Resectable and Locally Advanced Disease

Dr. David Ryan outlines a new trial for pre-surgical pancreatic cancer treatment combining a blood pressure drug, immunotherapy, standard care and SBRT.

Tiny beams of X-ray radiation are generated using an array of carbon nanotube X-ray sources to deliver tumor-killing radiation, while preserving normal tissue; this micrograph shows a 250 micron wide section of tissue damage.
Research
May 31, 2018 • 2 Min

Finding the Best Dose of Radiation and an Experimental Drug

A clinical trial looks for the best dose of an experimental drug to combat the mouth sores that are a side effect of stereotactic body radiation therapy.

Connie Waxman
Survivor Stories
April 2, 2018 • 4 Min

Genomic Testing of Pancreatic Tumor Leads to an Important Discovery

Connie Waxman learned the value of palliative care after chemotherapy, radiation, and a pancreatectomy for pancreatic cancer; then she had genomic testing.

Abstract image of vertical ridged lines of reds and oranges
Research
January 24, 2018 • 2 Min

Chemoradiation Before Tumor Removal to Lessen Possible Post-Surgical Disease

A clinical trial examines the effectiveness of presurgical chemotherapy and radiation in making cancer-free margins after tumor removal.

Chemistry test tubes that are capped and filled with yellow and pink liquids, laying flat on a dark blue table
Research
October 20, 2017 • 2 Min

Novel Drug Combination Plus Radiation for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial combines immunotherapy, common treatments, an antiretroviral drug, and SBRT for locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Joel Weiss and his wife Debrah
Survivor Stories
October 4, 2017 • 5 Min

Luck, Grit, and Support

Joel Weiss had to travel from his home in Toronto to New York City to get the NanoKnife treatment he wanted for his pancreatic cancer.

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Research
September 26, 2017 • 2 Min

Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and Radiation for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial combines chemotherapy, immunotherapy, including a pancreas vaccine, and SBRT to stop locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer patient Scott Hirshey on his sailboat
Survivor Stories
September 8, 2017 • 4 Min

Celebrating My 5th Anniversary As a Survivor

Scott Hirshey traveled from Detroit to Houston for a Whipple procedure to work with doctors who have expertise in treating pancreatic cancer.

Microscope slide of the pancreas, with the some structures in purple and some in pink
Research
August 30, 2017 • 2 Min

More Effective Focused Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial tests whether adding Zometa makes chemotherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) more effective against pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer patient Robert Glazier
Survivor Stories
August 25, 2017 • 4 Min

Far More Time than I Originally Expected

After a Whipple procedure, SBRT, and chemotherapy, Robert Glazier is staying informed about treatment options for pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Joseph Herman
Research
June 7, 2017 • 5 Min

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for Select Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is increasingly being used to treat locally advanced pancreatic cancer, and make it surgically removable.