Learn about the latest treatments for metastatic pancreatic cancer. We’ve got it covered, from new FDA approvals to emerging approaches in immunotherapy, targeted therapy, cancer vaccines, drug combinations, and more.

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    Pancreatic Cancer: Why Diet Is Important

    H. Sofia Pereira, PhD

    Pancreatic cancer and nutrition are closely intertwined. Research has shown that diet can help many patients manage the loss of appetite and weight loss that often accompany pancreatic cancer, and good nutrition is linked to better treatment outcomes. Intriguingly, mounting evidence also suggests that specific diets may directly affect the underlying biology of pancreatic tumors and improve the success of pancreatic cancer treatment. Read… Read more »

  •   Lola Rahib, PhD

    Article from Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer: NALIRIFOX, a combination of liposomal irinotecan (Onivyde) with fluorouracil (5-FU), leucovorin, and oxaliplatin is shown to be safe as a first line treatment in locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer.

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  •   Lola Rahib, PhD

    Article from Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer: Learn about Precision Promise, an adaptive multi-site clinical trial spearheaded by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Cancer Commons is extremely engaged and proactive. Its professionals have directed us towards interesting avenues to explore in our search for additional treatment options.

Mark Bezner
Husband of stage IV ovarian cancer patient

Molecular tests help match patients to the personalized treatments that are most likely to work for them. Keep up with new developments in genetic tests, blood tests, MSI status, tumor mutations, other biomarkers, and precision medicine.

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    Testing for Tumor Mutations: Liquid Biopsy Versus Traditional Biopsy

    Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Update as of August 27, 2020: A lot has changed in the three-and-a-half years since this blog post was written. Liquid biopsies are by now widely recognized and used as a valuable diagnostic and monitoring tool. Many of the reservations and concerns described in the original post below have been addressed and largely resolved by refining the technology. The latest proof of this is… Read more »

  •   Lola Rahib, PhD

    Article from Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer: Learn about eReach, a study investigating whether telehealth can provide improved access to genetic testing for people at risk for cancer.

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  •   Lola Rahib, PhD

    Article from Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer: Learn about how the cost, access, accuracy, privacy and other aspects of at-home genetic testing compare to medical genetic testing with a specialist. 

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Some of the most promising new treatments for metastatic pancreatic cancer are currently being tested in volunteer patients enrolled in clinical trials. We help you stay up to date on the latest results from these studies.

  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Research paper from Annals of Surgery curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes: 

    This clinical trial found no difference in tumor-free margins from standard versus artery-first surgical techniques for the resection of pancreatic head adenocarcinoma via pancreatoduodenectomy.

    Go to full paper published in Annals of Surgery.

    If you’re wondering whether this story applies to your own cancer case or a loved one’s, we invite you to get support from Cancer Commons.

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It has been extremely gratifying to see how Cancer Commons has brought clarity and greater access to this expertise through its convening and curation.

Keith Flaherty, MD
Cancer Commons Advisor

Cancer affects many aspects of life, whether you’re newly diagnosed, in the midst of treatment, or in follow-up care. Learn about ways to maintain quality of life, such as palliative care and managing side effects.

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    Pediatric Palliative Care: A Specialty Comes of Age

    Sarah Friebert, MD

    For a child with cancer, palliative care can provide much-needed relief from stress and symptoms—for the patient and their family alike. Palliative care is given alongside cancer treatment, and is not synonymous with “end-of-life” care. In fact, anyone with a serious illness can benefit from palliative care, no matter their long-term outlook. Because of its importance for children with cancer, we are honored to… Read more »

  •   Lola Rahib, PhD

    Article from Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer: Be prepared for anything! 12 items to help you plan ahead for an emergency!

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  •   Lola Rahib, PhD

    Article from Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer: Learn about the side effects from pancreatic cancer treatment and how they can be managed by physicians and patients.

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You’re not alone. Read how other patients and caregivers navigated diagnosis, treatment, and life with cancer. We hope their stories provide insights and hope for your own cancer journey.

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Learn more about what’s new in advanced cancer research and treatment, including screening and statistics, using artificial intelligence to improve treatment, and other new horizons in cancer care.

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    Rankings of Most Common and Deadly Cancer Types Will Shift Over Next Two Decades

    In the next two decades, rankings of incidence and death across cancer types will undergo important changes in the U.S., according to new research led by Lola Rahib, PhD, Director of Scientific and Clinical Affairs at Cancer Commons, as well as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) in collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Published today in JAMA Network Open,… Read more »

  •   George Lundberg, MD

    This piece from ASCO Connection outlines the need for and a path to improvement in cancer care for LGBTQIA patients.

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    Can Really Big Data Inform Precise Decisions for Individual Patients?

    With: Matvey B. Palchuk, MD, MS, FAMIA

    New technologies are transforming cancer research. By optimizing research protocols and leveraging data more efficiently and intelligently, these tools hold the promise to improve personalized cancer care. Here, our Curious Dr. George asks Matvey B. Palchuk, MD, MS, FAMIA, VP of Informatics at TriNetX, LLC, about the capabilities of his company’s platform. Curious Dr. George: Translational medicine has evolved to include personalized medicine and… Read more »

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The coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to cancer patients. We can help you understand how COVID-19 might impact your treatment and other aspects of your cancer care.