PanCan — To the Point:

-1 in 79 people will develop this disease during their lifetime*.

-Few patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have identifiable risk factors.

-Some not so silent symptoms: back/abdominal pain, jaundice, nausea, and weight loss.

-Patients are encouraged to seek out clinical trials to improve treatment.

-The most common form of surgery for removal of a pancreatic tumor is the whipple procedure.

-Drugs currently being used to treat pancreatic cancer: gemcitabine (Gemzar®) and erlotinib (Tarceva). Folfirinox is a recent addition.

-Canucks donate 151 times more to breast-cancer-specific charities than to four of the deadliest cancers combined.

 

Learn more at www.pancreaticcancercanada.ca

* source: http://www.50plus.com/health/pancreatic-cancer-awareness-low-in-canada/141493/