Pass It On: It’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

The pancreas is an organ and part of the digestive system. Located behind the stomach in the upper left abdomen, it has two main functions: an exocrine function that helps digestion, and an endocrine function that regulates blood sugar.

Endocrine and exocrine cells are the two main types of cells that make up the pancreas, and each form different types of tumors. Each type of tumor has distinct risk factors, causes, and symptoms, and treated according to their distinct types.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most fatal forms of cancer. In 2016, approximately 53,070 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and 41,780 will die from the disease. The disease is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, and treatment remains challenging. But recent studies evaluating novel immunotherapies are ongoing and preclinical evidence suggests these new precision medicines have the potential to further improve outcomes.

As the month of November brings pancreatic cancer into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated pancreatic cancer information throughout the year.

Knowledge is power. Are you facing a new diagnosis, recurrence, living with metastatic disease, or supporting a loved one through their cancer journey?

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Featured Articles:

A New Standard of Care of Treatment for Resectable Pancreatic Cancer?   European Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC)-4: Results that will change the management of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Cells Find Unique Fuel Sources to Keep from Starving  The study offers more proof that pancreatic cancers use fuel differently and scavenge for it more effectively.

A New Drug That ‘Wakes Up’ Immune System Appears to Fight Pancreatic Cancer  IMM-101 has extended the lives of some people with metastatic pancreatic cancer and appears to have minimal side-effects.

Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer Boosts Survival by More Than 75% in Mice; Trials in Humans Coming  A new study in mice by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that a specialized type of immunotherapy can boost survival from pancreatic cancer.

Lessons in Life and LoveLisa Niemi Swayze reflects on her journey as a caregiver and shares her hopes as an advocate.

Depression and CancerDepression often goes untreated in cancer patients.

What are the Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer? Pancreatic cancer is considered a “silent” disease because it does not always cause early symptoms and is often detected once it has spread beyond the pancreas.

Five Things You Should Know about Pancreatic Cancer

Insights into HospiceAn insider’s recommendations for managing end-of-life care more effectively


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