LustGarden Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Pancreatic Cancer Research

As the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, we are relentlessly focused on improving patient outcomes and we are making progress every day. Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100 percent of every donation goes directly to research.

Navigating Pancreatic Cancer

We are here to empower you to ask bold questions, seek out the best treatment options, and face the unique challenges of pancreatic cancer head-on. We want to give you the resources and information you need to make informed decisions that are best for you.

Patient Checklist


August 1, 2018 ladmin
As overwhelming as a pancreatic cancer diagnosis is, it is important to act quickly and put a treatment plan into place. Treatment should ideally begin within one month after you receive your diagnosis. Understand your disease. Thoroughly understand what stage of pancreatic cancer you have and inquire about having your blood and tumor genetically sequenced. […]
Lets Win! Pancreatic Cancer

Let’s Win! Pancreatic Cancer

July 20, 2018 ladmin
LET’S WIN! Pancreatic Cancer A Dynamic Way to Share Information Recognizing that there is an urgent need for patients to communicate amongst themselves and with the medical community about potentially life-changing treatments and clinical trials, we are proud to be affiliated with Let’s Win. Let’s Win is an interactive online community where patients and families […]

Pancreatic Cancer Connections

July 7, 2018 ladmin
Pancreatic Cancer Connections is online social community that provides a safe space for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones to share their experiences, get valuable coping resources, and support one another. Patients interact with others who are facing a pancreatic cancer and can post questions to the board or message other members privately. This community forum is a valuable resource for patients, caregivers, and their loved ones to refer to at various stages of their treatment and recovery. Patients and loved ones can sign up for Pancreatic Cancer Connections at no cost and will be welcomed into an engaging and supportive community to discuss topics including treatment options, nutrition, and coping with the disease. Pancreatic Cancer Connections is hosted by Inspire, a leading healthcare social network that connects more than 1,000,000 patients and caregivers.

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Fund The Fight

Fund The Fight

When you Fund The Fight against pancreatic cancer, you help keep life-changing research moving forward at an accelerated pace. You let everyone in the pancreatic cancer community—including patients, survivors, loved ones, doctors and researchers—know you’re committed to ensuring many more patients become long-term survivors and supporting the research to make that goal possible. Thanks to our GivingTuesday Donor Circle, every GivingTuesday gift made by midnight on December 1 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $125,000!* That means every dollar you donate becomes two, going twice as far to help pancreatic cancer patients and their families and advance innovative research. DONATE NOW and invite your friends and family to help Fund The Fight against pancreatic cancer by tagging us at @LustgartenFDN on social media and using #FundTheFight to help us find your posts. Remember, the Lustgarten Foundation is the only nonprofit that invests 100 percent of your DOUBLED donation directly to pancreatic cancer research, funding the fight for better treatments and an eventual cure.

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Farewell, Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

Alex Trebek

Like fans around the world, we were saddened to learn of the death today of Alex Trebek, 80, from pancreatic cancer. By openly sharing his cancer battle, Alex became a powerful voice in raising awareness of pancreatic cancer and providing hope for people affected by pancreatic cancer around the world. Our thoughts are with has family, friends and millions of fans who welcomed the long-time Jeopardy! host into their homes for 35 years. His final Jeopardy! is scheduled to air on Christmas Day.

Last November, approximately six months after first publicly sharing his diagnosis, Alex filmed a public service announcement (PSA) for the World Pancreatic Cancer Day. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, which coincided with the 2019 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

Throughout the two-week tournament, Alex and players wore purple ribbons to honor Alex’s cancer battle and to memorialize Tournament of Champions qualifier and Teachers Tournament winner Larry Martin, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier in the year. But it was College Champ Dhruv Guar, who’s heartfelt Final Jeopardy! answer “We love you, Alex.” caused the beloved Jeopardy! host to choke up. The moment went viral and #WeLoveYouAlex became a viral fundraiser for the Foundation, bringing in more than $100,000. We caught up with Dhruv again back in July, when Alex’s memoir “The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life,” was released.

Each year, more than 45,000 Americans and 5,300 Canadians die of pancreatic cancer, including Alex Trebek, SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Rep. John Lewis. World Pancreatic Cancer Day is Thursday, Nov. 19. We invite you to honor Alex, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Lewis and all of the other women and men we have lost to pancreatic cancer by wearing purple, sharing your story and telling us what this year’s theme: #ItsAboutTime means to you.

We invite you to honor Alex, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Lewis and all of the other women and men we have lost to pancreatic cancer by wearing purple, sharing your story and telling us what this year’s theme: #ItsAboutTime means to you, or donating in memory of Trebek.

Lustgarten Foundation Chief Scientist on death of Alex Trebek

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New Fellowships Honor Icons of Civil & Gender Rights

PROGRAM INFORMATION Each year, more than 45,000 Americans are lost to pancreatic cancer—parents, grandparents, siblings, children, friends and other beloved members of our communities. And because pancreatic cancer does not discriminate, it also claims the lives of national figures whose loss is felt not only by their immediate family members and friends but by the entire country and even around the world. Unfortunately, 2020 saw the loss of two such figures to pancreatic cancer: Civil Rights icon and 17-term Georgia Congressman John Lewis on Friday, July 17 and Equal Rights champion and longtime U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Sept. 18.

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Pancreatic Cancer News

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Nerves keep pancreatic cancer cells from starving

2. 11. 20 ladmin
Pancreatic cancer cells avert starvation by signaling to nerves, which grow into dense tumors and secrete nutrients. This is the finding of a study with experiments in cancer cells, mice, and human tissue samples published online November 2 in Cell. The study addresses pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), the deadliest cancer of the pancreas with a five-year […]

State Capitol goes purple Sunday to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer

29. 10. 20 ladmin
South Dakota’s State Capitol turns purple Sunday (Nov. 1) to honor those who have died from, as well as those who have survived, pancreatic cancer. The seventh annual Light the Capitol Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness ceremony starts at 3pm CT in the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre. Organizer John Moisan of Fort Pierre is a […]

Testing drugs within a tumor may combat pancreatic cancer drug resistance, ‘time machine’ suggests

29. 10. 20 ladmin
Many patients with pancreatic cancer have only about a 10% chance of survival within five years of their diagnosis because they tend to become resistant to chemotherapy, past studies have indicated. A “time machine” that Purdue University engineers designed to observe pancreatic cancer behavior over time suggests a new drug testing approach that could help scientists better […]

Ongoing Studies Could Modify the Script in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

15. 10. 20 ladmin
Clinical trials should not be viewed as a last resort for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, explained Allyson Ocean, MD, who added that even frontline standards of care should be considered after exhausting all available study options. “There are plenty of clinical trials available for your patients. Clinical trials should always be the first consideration […]

New Radiation Therapy Helps Treat Inoperable Pancreatic Cancer

14. 10. 20 ladmin
Pancreatic cancer is a serious and often fatal disease, but a September study published in Practical Radiation Oncology explores a new advancement in radiation therapy that may provide a better treatment option for some patients. Along with his colleagues, Michael Chuong, MD, study author and a board-certified radiation oncologist with the Miami Cancer Institute, studied 35 […]

Weight-Loss Surgery May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk in People With Diabetes

12. 10. 20 ladmin
Weight-loss surgery significantly reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer in obese people with diabetes, a new study finds. For the study, the researchers analyzed 20 years of data from 1.4 million people, including more than 10,000 who’d had weight-loss surgery. About three-quarters of those who had weight-loss surgery were women. People who’d had weight-loss surgery […]

Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals details about individual cells in pancreatic tumors

30. 9. 20 ladmin
Led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, and by HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute, an international team of researchers have described in detail the individual cells that comprise the pancreatic cancer microenvironment, a critical step in devising new treatment options for patients with this aggressive and difficult-to-treat disease. […]

Cancer Projects to Diversify Genetic Research Receive New Grants

11. 9. 20 ladmin
The New York Genome Center awarded six cancer research grants this week as part of an initiative examining the role of race and ethnicity in major types of cancer. The projects will investigate a variety of cancers including pancreatic, colorectal and endometrial cancer in African-Americans; lung cancer in Asian-American patients; breast and prostate cancer in […]

New pancreatic cancer treatment may add years to the lives of those facing death

10. 9. 20 ladmin
She had been dealing with digestive problems for a while, but they were getting worse. It wasn’t until her daughter noticed a pamphlet sitting on a doctors’ office waiting room table that 74-year-old de Armas asked for a more thorough examination. One CT scan later, on her 53rd wedding anniversary, de Armas was diagnosed with […]

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