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Anatomy of a Whipple
Treatments
May 7, 2019 • 4 Min

The Anatomy of a Whipple Procedure

The Whipple procedure, a surgery used to remove pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, rearranges the digestive system.

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Research
February 7, 2019 • 2 Min

Testing a Different Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

A drug that is epigenetic therapy, which alters how DNA behaves, is being tested in a clinical trial for pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Allyson Ocean
Research
January 9, 2019 • 6 Min

Pancreatic Cancer: 2018 Highlights And Looking Forward to 2019

Dr. Allyson Ocean leads an overview of the new treatments and protocol from 2018 as well as what are the next steps in treatment for 2019.

hand holding chemotherapy pills including Xeloda
Treatments
December 26, 2018 • 4 Min

Important Questions When Starting Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Dr. Gauri Varadhachary outlines the important questions to ask when you start treatment with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation for pancreatic cancer.

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Research
September 21, 2018 • 2 Min

Personalized Immunotherapy Vaccine for Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers are creating a personalized vaccine to stimulate a pancreatic cancer patient’s immune system after surgery and chemotherapy.

Small and big hospitals
Disease Management
July 10, 2018 • 6 Min

Going the Extra Mile for Treatment—or Not?

Should you go to a larger cancer center or stay closer to home at a smaller hospital? Learn about the pros and cons of each option.

Looking down a spiral staircase
Research
April 5, 2018 • 4 Min

Genetic Testing Can Help Those You Love

Dr. Fay Kastrinos, director of the Muzzi Mirza Pancreatic Cancer Prevention and Genetics Program at Columbia University Medical Center, explains the value of genetic testing for cancer prevention and treatment.

Dr. John Chabot
Research
March 12, 2018 • 5 Min

Making Surgery An Option for More Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Dr. John Chabot explains that more pancreatic cancer patients may qualify for surgery if they consult an experience pancreatic surgical team.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Nancy Nebenzahl and her husband, daughters plus one son-in-law, and four grandchildren, outside on a lawn
Survivor Stories
March 7, 2018 • 3 Min

Thriving After Surviving Pancreatic Cancer

Nancy Nebenzahl, a sever-year survivor of pancreatic cancer, had a Whipple and a personalized treatment plan. She supplemented this with acupuncture and exercise to ease the side effects.

DNA purification
Research
February 27, 2018 • 3 Min

Precision Medicine from the Get-Go for Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Ben George and colleagues at the Medical College of Wisconsin are using molecular profiling to determine the best chemotherapy for a patient’s pancreatic cancer.

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Survivor Stories
November 10, 2017 • 5 Min

Advocating For My Own Future

Kay Kays is a long-term survivor of pancreatic cancer who has learned to advocate for herself to get the treatments she needs.

Dr. Igor Astsatsurov and pancreatic cancer patient Melissa Kartasevich at the Capitol in Washington, DC
Survivor Stories
January 6, 2017 • 3 Min

Fighting to Win

Melissa Kartasevich’s fiance and daughter motivate her pancreatic cancer battle, as she fights it to reach her goal of surgery to remove the tumor.

glass laboratory pipettes
Research
December 6, 2016 • 4 Min

The First Line of Defense against Pancreatic Cancer

Drs. Allyson Ocean and David Tuveson explain why pancreatic cancer patients should participate in clinical trials at the time of diagnosis.

Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue
Research
September 30, 2016 • 4 Min

Pancreatic Cancer Tissue Helps Unlock the Disease’s Secrets

Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue at Memorial Sloan Kettering is using techniques from evolutionary biology to learn how pancreatic cancer grows.

A confocal microscopy image of a fibroblast showing the football-shaped nucleus (blue), dots of mitochondria (red), and wispy strands of the actin cytoskeleton (green), all against a black background
Research
September 27, 2016 • 2 Min

High-Dose Focused Radiation after Surgical Removal of Pancreatic Tumors

A clinical trial looks at the effectiveness of stereotactic body radiation therapy in killing cancer cells in the margins after pancreatic tumor removal.