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Pancreatic cancer treatment and research advancements

First Aired: April 26, 2015

Dr. Jennifer LaFamina

Dr. Jennifer LaFamina

Audrey Kurlan-Marcy

Audrey Kurlan-Marcy

According to the American Cancer Society, about 46,420 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71, and it’s the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. On the plus side, if pancreatic cancer is detected early, doctors may find lesions that could be treated and possibly cured.

We have the experts to give us the 411 on pancreatic cancer, its symptoms, treatment, and survivorship strategies, including complementary therapies such as acupuncture. Dr. Jennifer LaFamina is a surgical oncologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center and assistant professor of surgery at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also started a high-risk clinic for pancreatic cancer at the hospital, and is a leader in the UMass Pancreas program. And, Audrey Kurlan-Marcy helped create the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, which has been a driving force for critical research, patient care and education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence.

There are many resources available with information about pancreatic cancer – start with Cornucopia online resources.
* Pancreatica – Confronting Pancreatic Cancer
* Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
* Understanding Pancreatic Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers, 2nd ed.

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