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Chairman, GI Oncology
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Markus Büchler, MD
Chairman, Surgery
Heidelberg University, Germany

Ralph Hruban, MD
Director, GI / Liver Pathology
Johns Hopkins University

Eileen O'Reilly, MD
Assistant Professor
Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Margaret Tempero, MD
Chief, Medical Oncology
University of California - SF

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Pancreatic cancer treatment care and support

Professor Eileen O'Reilly has recently co-authored
“100 Questions and Answers About Pancreatic Cancer”
as published by Jones & Bartlett. More information
about this practical book, including the means to buy
it directly from the Publisher’s web site ($16.95), is
found at the following link:

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In Remembrance
Walter Leaman

Gary Lorenzen
R. Gerald Markle

Would you like to speak with an experienced counselor about how pancreatic cancer is affecting your life?
Call 1-800-525-3777 for the free counseling on the Cancer Information and Counseling Line (CICL).
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for free counseling on our Cancer Information and Counseling Line (CICL) from 8:30 to 4:30 (U.S. Mountain Time) Monday thru Friday.
This service is for all who are affected by pancreatic cancer and is provided in collaboration with the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Frequently Asked Questions on Pancreatic Cancer
Answers to questions about pancreatic cancer: covers such areas as definitions, pancreatic cancer stages, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, medical treatment, the Whipple procedure surgery, support and other related issues

Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials Database
The world's largest listing of clinical trials for pancreatic cancer
Find a clinical trial, review cancer research and emerging cancer treatments

Pancreatic Cancer Medical Literature
Information from medical journals, clinical trials, press releases and news sources
Orientation: new pancreatic cancer treatment findings

Select Abstracts sm in Pancreatic Cancer
Highlights of recent findings in pancreatic cancer treatment and research; includes clinical trial results, research results, treatment results and other matters of interest in cancer of the pancreas. Sign up for our free monthly Select Abstracts email newsletter. Click here to learn more

Neuroendocrine Tumors - Information on islet-cell and carcinoid cancers
Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Overview
Recent Neuroendocrine Research Results
Carcinoid & Neuroendocrine Select Abstracts
Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Clinical Trials

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CAPS 3 Study for those at High Risk for Pancreatic Cancer

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Stanford University Medical Center

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Pancreatic Cancer Registries
In this age of molecular biology and armed with new understandings about the role that genes play in pancreatic cancer, familial registries are increasingly a powerful resource to help gain a better understanding of the disease - and hence better detection or treatment possibilities.

There are about fifteen cancer registries worldwide that are specific to cancer of the pancreas… For more information please click here

Select Abstracts (most recent)
For access to all abstracts back to 2003, please click here

Capecitabine in Combination with Docetaxel and Mitomycin C in Patients with Pre-Treated Tumours: Results of an Extended Phase-I Trial.
Ernst T, Merx K, Gnad-Vogt U, Lukan N, Kripp M, Schultheis B, Hochhaus A, Hofheinz RD.
Br J Cancer. 2007 Dec 3;97(11):1475-9; Epub 2007 Nov 13. Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim der Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
[Link to Abstract]

Long-Term Survival on Capecitabine in Two Gemcitabine Refractory Pancreatic Cancer Patients. Is There a Pharmacogenetic Explanation?
Saif MW, Kang SP, Ledbetter L, Steg A, Diasio R, Johnson M.
JOP. 2007 Nov 9;8(6):799-805. Yale University School of Medicine. New Haven, Connecticut; University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama.
[Link to Abstract]

Poxvirus-Based Vaccine Therapy for Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer.
Kaufman HL, Kim-Schulze S, Manson K, DeRaffele G, Mitcham J, Seo KS, Kim DW, Marshall J.
J Transl Med. 2007 Nov 26;5:60. Division of Surgical Oncology, Columbia University, New York.
[Link to Abstract]

Transarterial Chemoperfusion with Gemcitabine and Mitomycin C in Pancreatic Carcinoma: Results in Locally Recurrent Tumors and Advanced Tumor Stages.
Vogl TJ, Zangos S, Heller M, Hammerstingl RM, Böcher E, Jacob U, Bauer RW.
Rofo. 2007 Nov;179(11):1181-8. Institut für Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany.
[Link to Abstract]

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Genentech now offers its Single Point of Contact (SPOC) program for aid in any reimbursement issues related to Tarceva (in use for pancreatic cancer). Please click here

Roche Clinical Trial Protocol Registry. Please click here

The Pancreatic Duct. Please click here

Recent News Articles on Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer Alliance news summaries click here
Google Newswire click here

Advocacy continues to support legislative and other effort aimed at increasing the funding support for pancreatic cancer treatment and research. more...

General Information
  • Pancreatic cancer is the most aggressive of the cancers
  • Pancreatic cancer causes more than 1% of all death in the U.S.
  • Pancreatic cancer is the least funded of the major cancers

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the developed world, behind cardiovascular disease. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer mortality (behind lung cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer).

250 people in North America and Europe will die today from pancreatic cancer. (90,000 deaths per year).

The U.S. National Cancer Institute funds pancreatic cancer research at shockingly low levels (year 2005-07 figures). Pancreatic cancer research receives (per mortality):

15% of the funding of breast cancer (but causes 82% of the mortality)
17% of the funding of prostate cancer (but causes more mortality)
41% of the funding of colorectal cancer (but causes 63% of the mortality)

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