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  • Pancreatic Cancer Treatments | National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
    shrink cancer cells The radiation is given much like a regular x ray although it takes longer Treatment is usually given 5 times a week for several weeks or months Sometimes the radiation is given before surgery sometimes after Radiation often combined with chemotherapy can also be used for patients whose tumors are too widespread to be removed by surgery One new way to give radiation therapy is being studied at some cancer centers It consists of giving radiation directly into the tumor during an operation In this way the doctor can move other organs out of the way and aim the radiation right at the tumor But so far this approach hasn t been shown to help patients live longer than regular radiation treatment Side effects of radiation therapy could include mild skin changes that look like sunburn or suntan upset stomach loose bowels or tiredness Often these go away after a short while Talk with your doctor if you have side effects since there are ways to relieve them Chemotherapy Chemotherapy refers to the use of drugs to kill cancer cells Usually the drugs are given into a vein or are taken as a pill Once the drugs enter the bloodstream they reach throughout the body making this treatment useful for cancer that has spread beyond the place where it started A drug called gemcitabine is the drug most often used to treat pancreatic cancer that has spread Studies are going on to see if it can be used either alone or with other drugs to treat cancers found at an earlier stage Chemotherapy can have some side effects These side effects will depend on the type of drugs given the amount taken and how long treatment lasts Temporary side effects might include nausea and vomiting loss of appetite hair loss and mouth sores Low blood cell counts from treatment can cause an increased risk of infection bleeding or bruising after minor cuts and fatigue Most side effects stop once treatment is over Anyone who has problems with side effects should talk with their doctor or nurse as there are often ways to help The information and services provided by the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation are for informational purposes only The information and services are not intended to be substitutes for professional medical advice diagnosis or treatment The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation does not recommend nor endorse any specific physicians products or treatments even though they may be mentioned on this site Upcoming Events Nov 2015 M T W T F S S 26 27 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 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

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  • Pancreatic Cancer Imaging Test
    microscope to see whether they appear to be cancer Angiography This is a type of x ray for looking at blood vessels This test can show whether blood flow in an area is blocked or slowed by a tumor It can also show if there are any abnormal blood vessels The results help the doctor decide whether the cancer can be removed and to plan the surgery There are several other tests including blood tests the doctor might conduct to learn more about a tumor But the only way to know for sure if cancer is really present is with a biopsy During a biopsy a sample of tissue from the tumor is removed and looked at under a microscope to see if there are cancer cells There are several types of biopsies that might be done In the past a biopsy was often done as part of surgery Now however the FNA fine needle aspiration biopsy is the more usual method For this test the doctor inserts a thin needle through the skin and into the pancreas to remove small pieces of tissue Ultrasound might also be used to place the needle through the wall of the intestine into the tumor This test can be done with the patient awake It rarely causes side effects Another approach is keyhole surgery laparoscopy The patient is sedated and the surgeon inserts a small thin instrument into the abdomen It may be connected to a video display The surgeon can look at the abdomen and see how big the tumor is and whether it has spread Most doctors who treat people with pancreatic cancer try to avoid surgery unless it looks like an operation might be able to remove all the cancer Even so there are times when the doctor starts an operation only to find that the cancer has spread too far to be completely removed In these cases the doctor just takes a sample of the tumor and the rest of the operation is stopped Upcoming Events Nov 2015 M T W T F S S 26 27 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 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

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  • Survival Rates with Pancreatic Cancer | National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
    you might survive your cancer They know your situation best Upcoming Events Nov 2015 M T W T F S S 26 27 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 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 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

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  • Pancreatic Cancer | Early Detection Research
    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 Nov 2015 M T W T F S S 26 27 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 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

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  • National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Education Awareness
    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 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

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  • Financial Assistance for Pancreatic Cancer
    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 and pain medication CancerCare

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  • Pancreatic Cancer | Health and Wellness
    contents and size of the healthy diet that is going to be adopted A balanced diet is essential for recovering addicts or people building their strength after illness as it ensures the body gets all of the nutrients needed allowing cravings to be quelled much more easily and building strength and a better immune system for everyone involved Ideally there should be plenty of fruits vegetables and starchy foods such as wholegrain pasta or rice as these are good for both nutrients and energy for the body The diet should also include some meat and fish for protein as well as some dairy products however these foods should be consumed in lesser numbers than the previous examples Finally there should be a small amount of foods high in fat and sugar these however should be eaten minimally where possible A diet such as this should be scaled in portion size for the amount of exercise being done by the person eating it Research has shown following this ratio of food intake can lower the risk of serious illnesses and conditions from the common cold to numerous types of cancer as it allows the body to have a much stronger defence system against these invasions This is essential for people recovering from long term illness or overcoming an addiction as their bodies will often be weak against disease so rebuilding this immune system is essential for the human body to function at its full potential Image http upload wikimedia org wikipedia commons 7 7b Eatwell Plate png The next step after sorting a healthy balanced diet is to decide on the amount of daily exercise that should be aimed for After a period of long term illness it could be dangerous to jump straight into a serious exercise regime so it is essential to seek professional help usually from a doctor as to what they believe your body can handle Sometimes the best starting point for this exercise can be to walk to local places rather than drive or to take the stairs rather than an elevator This can then be built upon as time goes by building body strength over a period of time to allow the body to adapt and recover successfully Allowing the body to recover and work to its full potential after a period of illness or addiction can be a tough change to make However once the effects of the diet and exercise begin to be felt it can boost confidence body strength and immunity to sickness to an excellent standard allowing the body to function to its full potential This feeling can make up for the initial effort allowing the person to grow into a new lifestyle and get their life fully back on track Upcoming Events Nov 2015 M T W T F S S 26 27 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

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  • Pancreatic Cancer | Carepages.com
    F S S 26 27 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 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 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

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