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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


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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

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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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Led By Lustgarten: How Research Impacts Care

Lustgarten was founded on the principle that funding innovative, cutting-edge research is the only way to improve patient outcomes and ultimately turn pancreatic cancer into a curable disease. Dr. Joseph Herman, Vice Chair of Clinical Informatics for Radiation Medicine and Director of Clinical Research Integration at Northwell Health, joined Lustgarten’s Vice President of Research, Dr. Andrew Rakeman, to discuss How Research Impacts Patient Care (WATCH VIDEO) as part of our Led by Lustgarten webinar series.

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Register For Lustgarten Live!

Welcome to LustgartenLIVE! a quarterly series of webinars designed to bring you face-to-face with the best researchers investigating pancreatic cancer. Moderated by Andrew Rakeman, PhD , Vice President of Research, each webinar in the series will focus on a different aspect of the research funded through your donations. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for The Best of 2021: Research Highlights
The Best of 2021: Research Highlights, the final LustgartenLIVE! in the inaugural quarterly series, will stream at Noon, Tuesday, Dec. 14. LustgartenLIVE! was created to give patients, family members, donors and others an opportunity to hear directly from the lead scientists behind our most promising research projects in earlier detection, drug development and personalized medicine. And, because it’s LIVE, you’ll have an opportunity to ask them questions. The Best of 2021: Research Highlights presenters include: David Tuveson, MD, PhD Chief Scientist; Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Research Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Cancer Center; President, American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Elizabeth Jaffee, MD Chief Medical Advisor; Director, Lustgarten Clinical Accelerator Initiative; Deputy Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and Co-director of the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Linda Tantawi CEO, Lustgarten Foundation Andrew Rakeman, PhD VP of Research, Lustgarten Foundation

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Clinical Trials Finder

If you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a clinical trial may be your best treatment option. Many clinical trials are underway for patients in all stages of the disease and may involve new combinations of currently available drugs or new drugs that have worked in other cancers. No matter where you are in your journey, we encourage you to learn more about clinical trials.

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Pancreatic Cancer News

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Medical World News® Behind the Science: Experts Discuss Key Research for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

30. 11. 21 Meghan Von Elm
In a Behind the Science segment of the Medical World News® broadcast, CancerNetwork® met with Allyson J. Ocean, MD, Diane M. Simeone, MD, Manuel Hidalgo Medina, MD, PhD, and Andrew E. Hendifar, MD, oncologists who specialize in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, to discuss recent research that has the potential to significantly impact care and ongoing trials that clinicians should […]

New findings on bacteria that increase risk of pancreatic cancer

30. 11. 21 Meghan Von Elm
Bacteria from the digestive system seem to have the potential to cause damage to pancreatic cells, increasing the risk of malignant tumors. Now for the first time, live bacteria from cystic pancreatic lesions that are precursors to pancreatic cancer, have been analyzed by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

Hannah Brown reveals she had pancreatic cancer at age 11

23. 11. 21 Meghan Von Elm
Hannah Brown underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer when she was just 11 years old. The former “Bachelorette,” now 27, reveals in her new memoir, “God Bless This Mess,” that while trying to find an explanation for her persistent stomachaches in fifth grade, she went in for an MRI that led to the discovery of “a […]

Pancreatic Cancer: More Patients May Benefit From Surgery

15. 11. 21 Meghan Von Elm
For decades, the outlook for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer has been grim. But improvements in chemotherapy in the past five years are starting to shift the statistics. In 2020, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer reached 10% for the first time, nearly double the rate from the previous decade. Better chemotherapy has also […]

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