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.
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Devastated by the loss of her husband Kenneth Bruntel to pancreatic cancer, Gail Coleman is laser-focused on funding research offering hope and better treatment options for patients with metastatic cancer. Coleman knows the devastation of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis all too well, having also lost her 66-year-old mother followed by her 80-year-old father to the disease. Pancreatic cancer is considered a rare disease; that Coleman lost three of the people most precious to her to this cancer is wrenching. “I was very upset to learn there were still no good treatments for people with stage four pancreatic cancer when Ken was diagnosed,” Coleman said. “After Ken died, I spent a lot of time educating myself about pancreatic cancer research and decided to use Ken’s retirement fund to help advance this research. I concluded that translational research—which moves research from the laboratory to the clinic—offers the best chance for giving future patients some meaningful time after diagnosis. It also was important to me to invest in a project where our gift could make the most impact.”
Interview With An Expert
Q&A with Allyson J. Ocean, M.D. Clinical trials are scientific experiments that move medicine forward to help people live longer and live well. Clinical trials are the backbone of advancing medicine, and in some instances, a clinical trial can lead to a cure for a disease. They involve rigorous study and are designed to answer many questions including if a potential treatment is safe, if it works, how it works, if it is more effective than other treatments currently available, if there are any side effects and which patients will benefit most from a particular treatment. Before any new cancer treatment is tested in people, it is studied extensively in the laboratory.