Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
You are not alone.
Pancreatic Cancer Alliance – Support in the fight against pancreatic cancer
The mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance is to support you in your fight against pancreatic cancer. We are a local organization, leading the way in Central Massachusetts, to support patients diagnosed with this devastating illness and families affected by pancreatic cancer.
On this web site you'll find links to resources available on the Internet, information on research being undertaken at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence, links to news stories about the struggle as well as information on fundraising events and how you can support research to bring the kinds of advances needed to conquer this underfunded disease.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 45,220 new cases of pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2013 and an estimated 38,460 deaths. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and is the only one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just six percent. Pancreatic cancer research lags far behind the tremendous strides made in the fight against leukemia, breast cancer, and AIDS.
Together we can do better
The Cancer Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester has accepted the challenge of pancreatic cancer research and to use that research to help patients as soon as possible — with pancreatic cancer there is no time to wait.
Alliance funds clinical trials program
Money raised by the Alliance is being used to fund a dedicated pancreatic cancer clinical trials program at UMass and to support research through the international Pancreatic Cancer Research Team (www.pcrt.org) to open clinical trials at UMass. Click here to see how you can help.
High Risk Pancreatic Clinic Opens
The UMass High Risk Pancreatic clinic is now open and seeing patients. Pancreas clinic services include:
- Risk assessment
- Genetic counseling
- Ongoing surveillance
UMass Pancreas Program to optimize patient care & outcomes
The UMass Pancreas Program was established as a multidisciplinary group seeking to advance pancreatic cancer treatment in the Northeast. As a member of the UMass Pancreas Program, Dr. Jennifer LaFemina, is assembling an extraordinary research and medical team for the UMass Pancreas Program. By integrating groundbreaking basic science and patient-oriented research with improved access to innovative clinical trials and cutting-edge therapies, the UMass Pancreas Program aspires to optimize patient care and outcomes.
Links of note
Stories of hope and survival from Pancreatica.org Read about long-term pancreatic cancer survivors.