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Making IMPACT for Pancreatic Cancer Together!

Most of our fundraisers, supporters, and volunteers, have been in one way or another, personally effected by this disease. We want to acknowledge what hardships you may have gone through (or are currently facing) and sincerely thank you for visiting our site!

Together with You our Mission is to promote awareness, increase education, and further pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis.

WHY WE CARE:
This year
an estimated 57,600 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Approximately 47,050 Americans are expected to die from the disease. There are many reasons why the outcome for pancreatic cancer patients is bleaker than for most other cancer types. There are no reliable methods to detect the disease early, and there are very few effective treatment options. Which is why we are so focused on supporting research for early diagnosis.

If the cancer is detected at an early stage when surgical removal of the tumor is possible, the 5-year survival rate is 34%. About 10% of people are diagnosed at this stage. If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs, the 5-year survival rate is 12%. For the 52% of people who are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 3%.

Discover the many ways you can help in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Join our community of champions for change and create more awareness, courage, and hope.

Join our expanding community on Facebook! Connect with others, share stories, and get support! Click Here

CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER

Create your own fun, choose something you already love to support pancreatic cancer! Simply set up your participation page, include the details of your fundraiser on your page, and get the word out!

Walk, Run, or Choose your own!

Choose a walk, run, or any other activity that you like and work to raise donations leading up to your Event! Simply set up your participation page and we will be in touch!

DEDICATE YOUR RACE

Already registered for your next Race? Dedicate your participation to Pancreatic Cancer. Simply set up your participation page and together we will work towards our shared mission!

ON FACEBOOK​

Creating a Facebook Fundraiser is easy: Click the Link below and Facebook will take you through the steps! Dedicate your Birthday or another important date to honor a loved one.

MONTHLY MEMORIAL GIFTS: YOUR TRIBUTE TO A LOVED ONE

Regular giving can be an opportunity to pay tribute in honour of a loved one. Your monthly gift will go directly to promoting awareness, increasing education, furthering pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis and, helping patients and families impacted by the effects of pancreatic cancer.

Simply select “Monthly” after choosing the amount you would like to give.

Cancer Patients Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Initiatives include, ToFightCancer.com and Pancreatica.org. All Donations are tax-deductible.

Pancreatic cancer is expected to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death by the year 2020. There are many reasons why the outcome for pancreatic cancer patients is much bleaker than for most other cancer types. There are no reliable methods to detect the disease early, and there are very few effective treatment options.

There remains a dire need for more research and an increase in focused funding for pancreatic cancer. Your Donation will go directly to promoting awareness, increasing education, and furthering pancreatic cancer research aimed at early diagnosis.

We support our furry friends

What is Pancreatic Cancer (Insulinoma)?
Insulinoma is a cancerous growth (also known as a tumor) located on the pancreas in dogs. A healthy pancreas helps produce insulin, which controls the glucose levels in the dog’s body. Insulinomas prevent the pancreas from functioning properly.
These tumors cause the insulin levels to rise dramatically, which in turn, cause the glucose levels to decrease. Low levels of glucose can lead to dogs collapsing, or suffering from seizures or other neurological problems. Insulinoma are tumors on the dog’s pancreas, the organ which regulates and controls both insulin and glucose. These tumors prevent the pancreas from functioning normally. The dog’s decreased glucose levels begin to cause weakness and neurological disorders, and can lead to death if left untreated. Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer (Insulinoma) in Dogs

Causes of Pancreatic Cancer (Insulinoma) in Dogs Insulinoma is caused by cancerous growth on the pancreas. The presence of these tumors cause the dog’s insulin levels to increase, in turn decreasing the glucose in their bloodstream. Without a functioning pancreas, dogs can become weak and suffer neurological problems. It is also likely that this cancer will metastasize and spread throughout the body, possibly causing death.

Recovery of Pancreatic Cancer (Insulinoma) in Dogs Prognosis is poor if insulinoma is detected late or symptoms are ignored. Due to the aggressiveness of this cancer, it is often metastatic and malignant. If insulinoma is caught early, survival rates are fair. Treatment options such as surgery, chemotherapy and dietary management may help extend the pet’s life.


All DONATIONS are tax-deductible.

For more information on Pancreatitis and Other Disorders of the Pancreas in Dogs – Click Here

Genetic Testing for Pancreatic Cancer

PROPOSED: Every newly diagnosed person with pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) should receive genetic screening prior to beginning treatment – to test for germline genetic mutations in the homologous recombination DNA repair pathway, including genes such as BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, and others. These results, in from 12% to 17% of pancreatic cancer patients, suggest that treatment that includes DNA cross-linking agents such as platinum compounds or PARP inhibitors may be superior to standard best practices therapy.


OFFER: Color Genomics offers a 30-gene cancer panel for $224 (normally $249) when the Promotion Code “PANCREATIC” is entered at checkout (price will reduce upon entering this code). This is a physician-ordered saliva kit. Click Here for more information

RATIONALE: The age of precision medicine in pancreatic cancer is approaching … [MORE]

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to help fight pancreatic cancer!
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Simply use our Link to start shopping!

Speak with a Survivor:

Call 1-800-433-0464 for a free service that will place you in contact with a fellow survivor, or to volunteer to contact someone more recently diagnosed.


Pancreatic Cancer Blog

One of the observations that physicians often made when the standard of care treatment typically consisted of the chemotherapy drug agent of gemcitabine alone, was that many patients with pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) seemed to feel better after the initiation of treatment… More Here

 

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ABOUT PANCREATIC CANCER 
The following excerpts are from our sister site Pancreatica.org
Pancreatica.org is dedicated to information, containing unique educational resources for patients, their caregivers, physicians and researchers, including medical literature abstracts that display a concentration of scientific articles.

Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas is a small, spongy organ which lies just under the curvature of the stomach and deep within the abdomen. The function of the pancreas is a complicated, but one could say that it primarily does two things …

Medical Treatment

There are no universally agreed upon firm guidelines for medical treatment for those patients with pancreatic cancer who are not candidates for surgery or who have a recurrence of the cancer after surgical resection…

Surgical Treatment

Surgery for adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is only offered to patients whose tumor is localized and meets other criteria (please note earlier FAQ topics). Only about 15-20% of those individuals with pancreatic cancer will be found to be eligible for surgery…

Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer in the early stages typically causes vague nonspecific symptoms. These symptoms and signs may include poor appetite, weight loss, abdominal or back pain, Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark colored urine and/or light colored bowel movements) …

Causes

The true specific cause of pancreatic cancer in an individual is generally never known. But there are population level studies which demonstrate associations between specific behaviors or characteristics and pancreatic cancer. And pancreatic cancer is more common in some families …

Neuroendocrine

Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas (islet cell tumors) including carcinoid tumors are much less common than tumors arising from the exocrine pancreas. Reports often indicate that there are about two to three thousand cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year…

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