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  • Core Programs - National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
    find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease Five previous studies showed that gum disease bleeding swollen gums and a greater number of missing teeth are associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer said the study s senior investigator epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn It seemed odd How can we explain for that we wondered So we came up with our hypothesis about oral bacteria Ahn an associate director of population science at NYU Langone Medical Center s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center told CBS News The microbiome of the mouth is vast she noted containing anywhere from 600 to 700 different species of bacteria and there s a lot of variation between people The researchers had access to mouth bacteria samples from 140 000 healthy individuals that had been collected by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for larger longer term cancer risk studies The participants were followed for ten years and over that timeframe 361 developed pancreatic cancer So we compared the 361 mouthwash samples to 371 people who did not get pancreatic cancer and we figured out which bacteria were associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer said Ahn They found that two oral bacteria were elevated in the pancreatic cancer patients Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans People who carried Porphyromonas gingivalis had an overall 59 percent greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer and those who carried Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans were at least 50 percent more likely overall to develop the disease Both types of bacteria have been linked to periodontitis a serious gum infection This is the first study showing oral bacteria from the mouth is related to subsequent pancreatic cancer This is just an association though We can t definitely say this causes it We need to be cautious said Ahn More www cbsnews com news mouth bacteria may hold clues to pancreatic cancer risk See More See Less 5 days ago National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Pancreatic cancer is on track to become the second leading cause of cancer related deaths by 2020 These statistics are due in part to pancreatic cancer s resistance to most targeted cancer therapies Working with pancreatic cancer cells researchers have now found a mechanism that could be responsible for the cancer s resistance to at least one targeted approach If the results hold true in animal models and eventually clinical trials the approach could help researchers develop more effective combination therapies and breathe new life into forgotten and failed cancer drugs We ve teased out one mechanism behind pancreatic cancer cells resistance to certain drugs says Jonathan Brody Ph D a researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Surgical Research at Thomas Jefferson University Knocking out this resistance mechanism could make pancreatic cancer vulnerable to therapies that had great promise in the past While there s more work to be

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  • Pancreatic Cancer | Early Detection Research
    definite Only a biopsy taking actual tissue from the mass can diagnose pancreatic cancer Biopsies can be performed in several ways Percutaneous needle biopsy Under imaging guidance a radiologist inserts a needle into the mass capturing some tissue This procedure is also called a fine needle aspiration FNA Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography ERCP A flexible tube with a camera and other tools on its end endoscope is put through the mouth to the small intestine near the pancreas ERCP can collect images from the area as well as take a small biopsy with a brush Endoscopic ultrasound Similar to ERCP an endoscope is advanced near the pancreas An ultrasound probe on the endoscope locates the mass and a needle on the endoscope plucks some tissue from the mass Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses several small incisions Using laparoscopy a surgeon can collect tissue for biopsy as well as see inside the abdomen to determine if pancreatic cancer has spread However laparoscopy has higher risks than other biopsy approaches If pancreatic cancer seems very likely and the tumor appears removable by surgery doctors may recommend surgery without a biopsy Upcoming Events Feb 2016 M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 1 2 3 4 5 6 Connect with NPCF on Facebook National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Few survive more than five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so medical researchers are eager to find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease Five previous studies showed that gum disease bleeding swollen gums and a greater number of missing teeth are associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer said the study s senior investigator epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn It seemed odd How can we explain for that we wondered So we came up with our hypothesis about oral bacteria Ahn an associate director of population science at NYU Langone Medical Center s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center told CBS News The microbiome of the mouth is vast she noted containing anywhere from 600 to 700 different species of bacteria and there s a lot of variation between people The researchers had access to mouth bacteria samples from 140 000 healthy individuals that had been collected by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for larger longer term cancer risk studies The participants were followed for ten years and over that timeframe 361 developed pancreatic cancer So we compared the 361 mouthwash samples to 371 people who did not get pancreatic cancer and we figured out which bacteria were associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer said Ahn They found that two oral bacteria were elevated in the pancreatic cancer patients Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans People who carried Porphyromonas gingivalis

    Original URL path: http://www.npcf.us/core-programs/early-detection-research/?ajaxCalendar=1&mo=2&yr=2016 (2016-04-26)
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  • Pancreatic Cancer | Early Detection Research
    definite Only a biopsy taking actual tissue from the mass can diagnose pancreatic cancer Biopsies can be performed in several ways Percutaneous needle biopsy Under imaging guidance a radiologist inserts a needle into the mass capturing some tissue This procedure is also called a fine needle aspiration FNA Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography ERCP A flexible tube with a camera and other tools on its end endoscope is put through the mouth to the small intestine near the pancreas ERCP can collect images from the area as well as take a small biopsy with a brush Endoscopic ultrasound Similar to ERCP an endoscope is advanced near the pancreas An ultrasound probe on the endoscope locates the mass and a needle on the endoscope plucks some tissue from the mass Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses several small incisions Using laparoscopy a surgeon can collect tissue for biopsy as well as see inside the abdomen to determine if pancreatic cancer has spread However laparoscopy has higher risks than other biopsy approaches If pancreatic cancer seems very likely and the tumor appears removable by surgery doctors may recommend surgery without a biopsy Upcoming Events Apr 2016 M T W T F S S 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 Connect with NPCF on Facebook National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Few survive more than five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so medical researchers are eager to find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease Five previous studies showed that gum disease bleeding swollen gums and a greater number of missing teeth are associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer said the study s senior investigator epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn It seemed odd How can we explain for that we wondered So we came up with our hypothesis about oral bacteria Ahn an associate director of population science at NYU Langone Medical Center s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center told CBS News The microbiome of the mouth is vast she noted containing anywhere from 600 to 700 different species of bacteria and there s a lot of variation between people The researchers had access to mouth bacteria samples from 140 000 healthy individuals that had been collected by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for larger longer term cancer risk studies The participants were followed for ten years and over that timeframe 361 developed pancreatic cancer So we compared the 361 mouthwash samples to 371 people who did not get pancreatic cancer and we figured out which bacteria were associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer said Ahn They found that two oral bacteria were elevated in the pancreatic cancer patients Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans People who carried Porphyromonas gingivalis

    Original URL path: http://www.npcf.us/core-programs/early-detection-research/?ajaxCalendar=1&mo=4&yr=2016 (2016-04-26)
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  • Pancreatic Cancer | Early Detection Research
    definite Only a biopsy taking actual tissue from the mass can diagnose pancreatic cancer Biopsies can be performed in several ways Percutaneous needle biopsy Under imaging guidance a radiologist inserts a needle into the mass capturing some tissue This procedure is also called a fine needle aspiration FNA Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography ERCP A flexible tube with a camera and other tools on its end endoscope is put through the mouth to the small intestine near the pancreas ERCP can collect images from the area as well as take a small biopsy with a brush Endoscopic ultrasound Similar to ERCP an endoscope is advanced near the pancreas An ultrasound probe on the endoscope locates the mass and a needle on the endoscope plucks some tissue from the mass Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses several small incisions Using laparoscopy a surgeon can collect tissue for biopsy as well as see inside the abdomen to determine if pancreatic cancer has spread However laparoscopy has higher risks than other biopsy approaches If pancreatic cancer seems very likely and the tumor appears removable by surgery doctors may recommend surgery without a biopsy Upcoming Events Jun 2016 M T W T F S S 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 Connect with NPCF on Facebook National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Few survive more than five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so medical researchers are eager to find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease Five previous studies showed that gum disease bleeding swollen gums and a greater number of missing teeth are associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer said the study s senior investigator epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn It seemed odd How can we explain for that we wondered So we came up with our hypothesis about oral bacteria Ahn an associate director of population science at NYU Langone Medical Center s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center told CBS News The microbiome of the mouth is vast she noted containing anywhere from 600 to 700 different species of bacteria and there s a lot of variation between people The researchers had access to mouth bacteria samples from 140 000 healthy individuals that had been collected by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for larger longer term cancer risk studies The participants were followed for ten years and over that timeframe 361 developed pancreatic cancer So we compared the 361 mouthwash samples to 371 people who did not get pancreatic cancer and we figured out which bacteria were associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer said Ahn They found that two oral bacteria were elevated in the pancreatic cancer patients Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans People who carried Porphyromonas gingivalis

    Original URL path: http://www.npcf.us/core-programs/early-detection-research/?ajaxCalendar=1&mo=6&yr=2016 (2016-04-26)
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  • National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Education Awareness
    6 Connect with NPCF on Facebook National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Few survive more than five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so medical researchers are eager to find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease Five previous studies showed that gum disease bleeding swollen gums and a greater number of missing teeth are associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer said the study s senior investigator epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn It seemed odd How can we explain for that we wondered So we came up with our hypothesis about oral bacteria Ahn an associate director of population science at NYU Langone Medical Center s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center told CBS News The microbiome of the mouth is vast she noted containing anywhere from 600 to 700 different species of bacteria and there s a lot of variation between people The researchers had access to mouth bacteria samples from 140 000 healthy individuals that had been collected by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for larger longer term cancer risk studies The participants were followed for ten years and over that timeframe 361 developed pancreatic cancer So we compared the 361 mouthwash samples to 371 people who did not get pancreatic cancer and we figured out which bacteria were associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer said Ahn They found that two oral bacteria were elevated in the pancreatic cancer patients Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans People who carried Porphyromonas gingivalis had an overall 59 percent greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer and those who carried Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans were at least 50 percent more likely overall to develop the disease Both types of bacteria have been linked to periodontitis a serious gum infection This is the first study showing oral bacteria from the mouth is related to subsequent pancreatic cancer This is just an association though We can t definitely say this causes it We need to be cautious said Ahn More www cbsnews com news mouth bacteria may hold clues to pancreatic cancer risk See More See Less 5 days ago National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Pancreatic cancer is on track to become the second leading cause of cancer related deaths by 2020 These statistics are due in part to pancreatic cancer s resistance to most targeted cancer therapies Working with pancreatic cancer cells researchers have now found a mechanism that could be responsible for the cancer s resistance to at least one targeted approach If the results hold true in animal models and eventually clinical trials the approach could help researchers develop more effective combination therapies and breathe new life into forgotten and failed cancer drugs We ve teased out one mechanism behind pancreatic cancer cells resistance to certain drugs says Jonathan Brody Ph D a researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Surgical Research at Thomas

    Original URL path: http://www.npcf.us/core-programs/education/?ajaxCalendar=1&mo=2&yr=2016 (2016-04-26)
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  • National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Education Awareness
    1 Connect with NPCF on Facebook National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Few survive more than five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so medical researchers are eager to find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease Five previous studies showed that gum disease bleeding swollen gums and a greater number of missing teeth are associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer said the study s senior investigator epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn It seemed odd How can we explain for that we wondered So we came up with our hypothesis about oral bacteria Ahn an associate director of population science at NYU Langone Medical Center s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center told CBS News The microbiome of the mouth is vast she noted containing anywhere from 600 to 700 different species of bacteria and there s a lot of variation between people The researchers had access to mouth bacteria samples from 140 000 healthy individuals that had been collected by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for larger longer term cancer risk studies The participants were followed for ten years and over that timeframe 361 developed pancreatic cancer So we compared the 361 mouthwash samples to 371 people who did not get pancreatic cancer and we figured out which bacteria were associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer said Ahn They found that two oral bacteria were elevated in the pancreatic cancer patients Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans People who carried Porphyromonas gingivalis had an overall 59 percent greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer and those who carried Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans were at least 50 percent more likely overall to develop the disease Both types of bacteria have been linked to periodontitis a serious gum infection This is the first study showing oral bacteria from the mouth is related to subsequent pancreatic cancer This is just an association though We can t definitely say this causes it We need to be cautious said Ahn More www cbsnews com news mouth bacteria may hold clues to pancreatic cancer risk See More See Less 5 days ago National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Pancreatic cancer is on track to become the second leading cause of cancer related deaths by 2020 These statistics are due in part to pancreatic cancer s resistance to most targeted cancer therapies Working with pancreatic cancer cells researchers have now found a mechanism that could be responsible for the cancer s resistance to at least one targeted approach If the results hold true in animal models and eventually clinical trials the approach could help researchers develop more effective combination therapies and breathe new life into forgotten and failed cancer drugs We ve teased out one mechanism behind pancreatic cancer cells resistance to certain drugs says Jonathan Brody Ph D a researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Surgical Research at Thomas

    Original URL path: http://www.npcf.us/core-programs/education/?ajaxCalendar=1&mo=4&yr=2016 (2016-04-26)
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  • National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Education Awareness
    3 Connect with NPCF on Facebook National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Few survive more than five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so medical researchers are eager to find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease Five previous studies showed that gum disease bleeding swollen gums and a greater number of missing teeth are associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer said the study s senior investigator epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn It seemed odd How can we explain for that we wondered So we came up with our hypothesis about oral bacteria Ahn an associate director of population science at NYU Langone Medical Center s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center told CBS News The microbiome of the mouth is vast she noted containing anywhere from 600 to 700 different species of bacteria and there s a lot of variation between people The researchers had access to mouth bacteria samples from 140 000 healthy individuals that had been collected by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for larger longer term cancer risk studies The participants were followed for ten years and over that timeframe 361 developed pancreatic cancer So we compared the 361 mouthwash samples to 371 people who did not get pancreatic cancer and we figured out which bacteria were associated with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer said Ahn They found that two oral bacteria were elevated in the pancreatic cancer patients Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans People who carried Porphyromonas gingivalis had an overall 59 percent greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer and those who carried Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans were at least 50 percent more likely overall to develop the disease Both types of bacteria have been linked to periodontitis a serious gum infection This is the first study showing oral bacteria from the mouth is related to subsequent pancreatic cancer This is just an association though We can t definitely say this causes it We need to be cautious said Ahn More www cbsnews com news mouth bacteria may hold clues to pancreatic cancer risk See More See Less 5 days ago National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Pancreatic cancer is on track to become the second leading cause of cancer related deaths by 2020 These statistics are due in part to pancreatic cancer s resistance to most targeted cancer therapies Working with pancreatic cancer cells researchers have now found a mechanism that could be responsible for the cancer s resistance to at least one targeted approach If the results hold true in animal models and eventually clinical trials the approach could help researchers develop more effective combination therapies and breathe new life into forgotten and failed cancer drugs We ve teased out one mechanism behind pancreatic cancer cells resistance to certain drugs says Jonathan Brody Ph D a researcher at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Surgical Research at Thomas

    Original URL path: http://www.npcf.us/core-programs/education/?ajaxCalendar=1&mo=6&yr=2016 (2016-04-26)
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  • Financial Assistance for Pancreatic Cancer
    have been approved for assistance the following month you only need to provide us with new and current billing statements You do not need to send in the entire application again Any misleading information provided in application will automatically terminate qualification for financial assistance When Will I Receive My Assistance If you are approved for financial assistance assistance will be sent to directly to the creditor 1 week from the date we have approved your application Important Facts You must be a US Citizen Please do not apply if you cannot prove that you are a US Citizen Your application will NOT be processed or considered without the above requirements On occasion testimonials may be required by applicant at the approval committee s request Policies and application criteria are reviewed periodically and amended accordingly We can t accept applications from other organizations You must submit the NPCF application We cannot process applications completed in a foreign language NPCF does not provide financial assistance for insurance company s bills hospital bills co pays or collection accounts credit cards cable bills or cell phone bills unless the cell phone is the main phone We do provide assistance for rent mortgage utilities travel expenses for treatment groceries and other necessary living costs Financial Assistance is based on funds available at time of request and all criteria for guidelines must be met We will contact you if we have questions about your application Please do not call regarding your application You are more than welcome to email us regarding the status of your application at assistance npcf us Click here to apply for financial assistance Additional Financial Assistance Programs Project Purple www run4projectpurple org 203 414 2716 Patient Financial Aid providing individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and their families with relief from medical and living expenses Ron Foley Pancreatic Cancer Foundation www ronsrun org 860 521 0500 Provide direct financial aid to those suffering from pancreatic cancer and their families ONLY in New England New York New Jersey Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation foundation flcancer com 5202 Paylor Lane Sarasota FL 34240 941 677 4703 Assistance ONLY for those patients residing in Florida Co Pay Relief Prescription Assistance Health Insurance Premiums and other programs Cancer Patients PPA Partnership for Prescription assistance 888 477 2669 www pparx org Description of support offers access to more than 476 public and private patient assistance programs including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies includes assistance for the uninsured Patient Access Network Foundation 866 316 7263 www panfoundation org Description of support Assists patients who cannot access the treatments they need due to out of pocket health care costs including deductibles co payments and co insurance Patient advocate Foundation s Co pay Relief program 866 512 3861 www copays org Description for support provides direct co payment assistance for pharmaceutical products including Medicare part D beneficiaries who financially and medically qualify CancerCare 800 813 4673 www cancercare org Description of support Limited financial grants for transportation homecare childcare

    Original URL path: http://www.npcf.us/core-programs/financial-resources/?ajaxCalendar=1&mo=2&yr=2016 (2016-04-26)
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