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Below you will find the latest news and information relating to pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Canada. As a champion in the fight against pancreatic cancer, we welcome media inquiries about our organization. Please contact us at 


Pancreatic Cancer Trial: Early surgery boosts success rate

Speeding up access to surgery for pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed early enough increased success rates by a third, a pilot scheme has shown. 

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Pancreatic cancer 4 separate Diseases

Scientists who discovered that pancreatic cancer is at least four separate diseases say their findings could lead to improved treatments for the deadly illness.

They studied pancreatic cancer in 456 patients and identified four classes of genetic error that triggered tumors. They labeled the four cancers: squamous-type; pancreatic progenitor; immunogenic; and aberrantly differentiated endocrine exocrine, BBC News reported.


8 Things Doctors are Buzzing About at the Biggest Cancer Meeting

Chicago - With 38,000 oncologistis converging on the sprawling McCormick Place for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the halls in the convention center are as crowded as Manhattan sidewalks at Christmas time. 


Local Woman Walking to Fund Pancreatic Cancer Research 

Pam Kosolofski of Eston is continuing her personal mission to fund research for pancreatic cancer. She is going to Calgary this month to walk in support of the cause. 


TORONTO - Pancreatic Cancer Research, An Intimate Evening of Discussion - December 6, 2016

On December 6, 2016, The Kalles Family in Toronto hosted an intimate evening of discussion focusing on the groundbreaking pancreatic cancer research being done in Canada & Israel, moderated by Toronot's own Libby Znaimer, journalist and cancer survivor. 


Canada-Israel Cancer Research Project Seeks Further Funding

A Canada-Israel cancer research collaboration needs further funding to support a second three-year stretch. "Pancreatic cancer devastates its victims," said Sylvia Soyka, who funded the initial project, "but in my experience, it stirs passion in the people close to them. Together we can use that passion to make a difference."


BRCA gene mutation - known for breast cancer connection - can also lead to pancreatic cancer

A new $1.25 million study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society could lead to the first personalized treatment for some people with pancreatic cancer, one of the most hard-to-treat forms of the disease. Dr Steven Gallinger, a surgical oncologist at the University Health Network and cancer researcher at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, has received a new Impact Grant to study the link between BRCA mutations and pancreatic cancer. 

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St. John's Lighting Up Purple to Raise Awareness fo Pancreatic Cancer

Strings of purple lights have been popping up all over St. John's in recent weeks, but they aren't Christmas decorations. The lights are part of a campaign called Purple Lights for John, using the lights to create awareness for pancreatic cancer. 


Pancreatic Cancer Could be Death Sentence, But Not for Mary Gills

As Gillis listend to her doctor explain her diagnosis, she simply nodded her head and said "oh well, you do anything about it." But that night, as she lay in a bed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it hit her that she only had 10 months to live. 


High-fat, High-calorie Diet Linked to Pancreatic Cancer in Mice

Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that mice made obese by high-calorie, high-fat diets develop abnormally high numbers of lesions known to be precursors to pancreas cancer.


Molecular marker from pancreatic 'juices' helps identify pancreatic cancer

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed a promising method to distinguish between pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis — two disorders that are difficult to tell apart. A molecular marker obtained from pancreatic "juices" can identify almost all cases of pancreatic cancer, their study shows.


Celery Flavinoids kill pc cells in lab

Celery, artichokes, and herbs, especially Mexican oregano, all contain apigenin and luteolin, flavonoids that kill human pancreatic cancer cells in the lab by inhibiting an important enzyme, according to two new University of Illinois studies.


15-year-old invents pancreatic cancer test

“Maryland teenager Jack Andraka (featured in the video above) isn’t old enough to drive yet, but he’s just pioneered a new, improved test for diagnosing pancreatic cancer that is 90% more accurate, 400 times more sensitive, and 26,000 times less expensive than existing methods.


Pancreas-in-dish a first: Can help cure pancreatic cancer

Canadian scientists have created a living 3-D "pancreas-in-a-dish" with the hope of unravelling the mysteries of pancreatic cancer, one of the least understood and deadliest of all malignancies.


Potential treatment target identified in an animal model of pancreatic cancer 

Detailed analysis of genes expressed in circulating tumor cells – cells that break off from solid tumors and travel through the bloodstream – has identified a potential treatment target in metastatic pancreatic cancer.

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Sally Ride, first american in space dies

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. Pancreatic cancer is most often associated with high profile male sufferers, such as Steve Jobs or Patrick Swayze, but it is actually the third deadliest cancer in women, according to the National Cancer Institute.


Can antioxidants prevent cancer, too?  

Most of us have heard that antioxidants can help lower the risk of a myriad of health problems such as heart disease, certain cancers, cataracts, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidant nutrients – vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and selenium – are thought to inactivate free radicals, toxic byproducts of normal cell metabolism linked to many disease processes.

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Pancreatic cancer: Trial drug MRK003 shows promise

Doctors want to improve the prognosis of this aggressive cancer. Scientists say they may have found a new weapon against pancreatic cancer after promising early trial results of an experimental drug combination. Giving the chemotherapy agent gemcitabine with an experimental drug called MRK003 sets off a chain of events that ultimately kills cancer cells, studies in mice show.

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Diabetes drugs tied to pancreatic cancer risk

A new study links the diabetes drug metformin to fewer cases of pancreatic cancer -- at least in women -- but finds other diabetes medications are associated with a higher risk of the disease.

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Steve Jobs’s death a reminder that pancreatic cancer’s toll is still too high 

When Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, many people were both saddened by his loss and hopeful that his very public experience with this ghastly disease might prompt a race for the cure.

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Give with your head as well as your heart

The breast cancer awareness movement is one of the most spectacular success stories of all time. Thanks to an energetic network of survivors - 150,000 of them in Canada - breast cancer gets the lion's share of cancer donations and media attention. Just one problem: Breast cancer has become the 900-pound gorilla of the cancer world...a lot of other cancers are ignored. How big is the funding gap? A new report by Charity Intelligence Canada found that pancreatic cancer gets next to no direct donations.


Nuvilex, Inc. Readies Pancreatic Cancer Treatment for Expanded Phase II Clinical Trials

Nuvilex, Inc announced today it is aggressively engaging the steps necessary to use its encapsulated cell technology for pancreatic cancer in expanded Phase II clinical trials in the United States, Europe and Australia. The Company's objective is to have a protocol submitted to the regulatory agencies in these countries as quickly as possible.

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Folfirinox Delivers Benefit In Pancreatic Cancer

The combination chemotherapy regimen of FOLFIRINOX (consisting of oxaliplatin, irinotecan, fluorouracil, and leucovorin) produced a survival advantage in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer when compared to gemcitabine, concluded a French phase 2-3 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Deadliest Cancers Overlooked by Charity Donors

Canadians are overlooking the most deadly cancers when it comes to donating their money to charities, a new report suggests.


Aspirin May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester has shown that taking the full-strength aspirin could be linked to a 26 percent reduction in the risk of pancreatic cancer, while low-dose aspirin intake may reduce the risk by 35 percent.

Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Underway

UK Scientists are testing a new vaccine for treating pancreatic cancer in more than 1000 patients suffering from advanced forms of the disease.

Pancreatic Cancer Tumors Take More Than a Decade To Develop

At first, even the researchers couldn’t believe the findings. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was shocked to discover that pancreatic cancer develops slowly, over the course of at least 15 years.

Loved Ones Focus on Stealthy Pancreatic Cancer 

Back in the summer of 1996, Laurie Ellies was busy going about her daily life in rural Ontario. She was away on business when she got the kind of call no one ever wants. A family member told her to get straight home: her mom was in the hospital, and the news was bleak.

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Maple Leafs, Komisarek Lends Support to Pancreatic Cancer Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek will be the honorary team leader for the Pancreatic Cancer Canada team that is running in the “5K Your Way” walk/run, in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, October 18 in Toronto.

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Fashion Show Pays Homage to Late Actor

"I dream that the word 'cure' will no longer be followed by the words 'it's impossible.' " It was this powerful quote by the late Patrick Swayze that galvanized members of Pancreatic Cancer Canada (PCC), a national voluntary association, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA), to organize a special fundraising event that would not only honour the actor, but pay tribute to his work -- and his awe-inspiring dance moves, too.



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