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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 • 4 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.

Dr. Nicholas Nissen and pancreatic cancer patient Larry Clark
Survivor Stories
June 17, 2016 • 3 Min

When You Embrace the Enemy, It Changes Everything

Larry Clark describes how pancreatic cancer changed his retirement. He has pursued clinical trials as he faces recurring pancreatic cancer.

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Research
June 17, 2016 • 2 Min

Exploring the Better Treatment for Stable Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

For patients with stable metastatic pancreatic cancer, a clinical trial compares standard chemotherapy with immunotherapy.

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Survivor Stories
June 10, 2016 • 2 Min

The Importance of Clinical Trials

Judith Goldring outlines her treatments for pancreatic cancer using a series of clinical trials, as her cancer progresses.

Mcrofuge tubes with writing on the caps, sitting in an orange rack
Research
April 18, 2016 • 5 Min

Putting the Immune System on the Offensive

A discussion of immunology in cancer treatment, focusing on the work of Elizabeth Jaffe, M.D., and her cancer vaccine and checkpoint inhibitors.

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Survivor Stories
April 4, 2016 • 3 Min

Personalized Treatment Plans in the Fight Against PC

David Dessert explains that his aunt’s genetic testing for BRCA2 mutation directed his own treatment for pancreatic cancer.

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Research
April 3, 2016 • 2 Min

Comparing the Effectiveness of Vaccine Therapy With or Without Additional Immunotherapy

Can the immunotherapy combination of cancer vaccines and a checkpoint blockade drug work against metastatic pancreatic cancer?