I've never been one to run from a challenge - Patrick Swayze
Even when diagnosed early, there is still no cure for pancreatic cancer. It typically spreads quickly to other organs, especially the liver and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is the major reason it's one of the hardest cancers to treat.
Everyone has come to realize that a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is grim what with many well known people succumbing to this condition including recently Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze and in the past Michael Landon and Steve McQueen, to name a few.
Maybe someday there will be a screening test...who knows it could be an Apple app!
Cure Pancreatic Cancer
Our Mission is to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer.
Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Alliance
The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance exists to support the efforts of the medical and research communities as well as patients and their loved ones in the battle against pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was founded in April 2004 by Maggie Blanks, following the death of her husband Alan from the disease in May 2003. Having discovered that survival rates for pancreatic cancer had barely improved in forty years and that little research was being undertaken, she was determined to encourage more research that was targeted specifically at the disease.
Pancreatic Cancer UK
Pancreatic Cancer UK is committed to fighting pancreatic cancer through research, awareness, information and support and other projects of benefit to pancreatic cancer patients.
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.
The National Pancreas Foundation
To support the research of diseases of the pancreas and to provide information and humanitarian services to those people who are suffering from such illnesses.
Cancer Research UK
All about cancer of the pancreas, including symptoms, risk factors and causes. Information on how cancer of the pancreas is diagnosed including initial tests and scans you may have to see if the cancer has spread. Treatment for cancer of the pancreas includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. There is also information on likely outcome (prognosis), research and how to cope with pancreatic cancer.
National Cancer Institute
Information about pancreatic cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy.
For years, little was known about pancreatic cancer. But researchers are beginning to understand the genetic basis of the disease � knowledge that may eventually lead to new and better treatments.
Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose, and the diagnosis is often made late in the disease course. Symptoms include weight loss, back pain, and jaundice.
Pancreatic cancer is hard to catch early. It doesn't cause symptoms right away. When you do get symptoms, they are often vague or you may not notice them. They include yellowing of the skin and eyes, pain in the abdomen and back, weight loss and fatigue. Also, because the pancreas is hidden behind other organs, health care providers cannot see or feel the tumors during routine exams. Doctors use a physical exam, blood tests, imaging tests, and a biopsy to diagnose it.
Because it is often found late and it spreads quickly, pancreatic cancer can be hard to treat.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the eighth worldwide.