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