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Research
March 2, 2020 • 2 Min

Testing the Safety of an Immunotherapy Combination After Surgery

A new clinical trial tests the safety of a monoclonal antibody and personalized cancer vaccine plus chemotherapy after surgery to remove pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Vinod Balachandran
Research
March 13, 2019 • 5 Min

Pancreatic Cancer Exceptional Responders and the Immune System Link

Dr. Vinod Balachandran looks at the immune system of exceptional responders–patients who respond extremely well to chemotherapy–for treatment clues.

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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.

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Survivor Stories
August 21, 2018 • 6 Min

I Have So Much to Live For

Mary Gillam knew that she had to fight after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis. She traveled to where she would get the best treatment and a clinical trial.

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.

Dr. Vinod Balachandran
Research
January 16, 2018 • 3 Min

Neoantigens Provide New Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

Vinod Balachandran’s team identified increased T cells in the tumors of long-term pancreatic cancer survivors, with a role for neoantigens in immunotherapy.

Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee
Research
November 20, 2017 • 4 Min

Overcoming Challenges to Vaccine Immunotherapy

Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee explains the challenges facing the scientists developing vaccine-based immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

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Research
October 25, 2017 • 4 Min

More Research Needed for Pancreatic Cancer Immunotherapy

Dr. Luis Diaz provides a status check for immunotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer, including an explanation of different types.

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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 Susan Zbacnik and her husband
Survivor Stories
August 1, 2017 • 6 Min

Taking Nothing For Granted

After Whipple surgery and chemoradiation, Susan Zbacnik had molecular profiling, genetic testing, and joined an Immunotherapy clinical trial.

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Research
March 23, 2017 • 2 Min

Two Types of Immunotherapy for Surgically Removable Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial compares the effectiveness of two different types of immunotherapy with standard treatment after pancreatic cancer surgery.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Kathleen Dowell and her doctors
Survivor Stories
February 1, 2017 • 2 Min

A Pancreatic Vaccine Clinical Trial Worked for Me

Kathleen Dowell was worried that her pancreatic cancer treatment would not work so she enrolled in a pancreatic cancer vaccine trial.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Lora Kelly and her husband
Survivor Stories
December 1, 2016 • 3 Min

An Unexpected Diagnosis After Surgery

Lora Kelly had surgery to remove a cyst that turned out to be pancreatic cancer. Treatment including clinical trials keeps the cancer from returning.

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Research
November 21, 2016 • 4 Min

Immunotherapy Treatments Provide Hope to Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Dr. Robert Vonderheide of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania describes immunotherapy trials for pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer patient Richard Valdes
Survivor Stories
October 26, 2016 • 4 Min

Buying Time for Another Clinical Trial

Richard Valdes has alternated standard pancreatic cancer treatments with clinical trials of immunotherapy and a pancreatic vaccine during his treatment.