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Interview with an Expert Series

The Lustgarten Foundation has developed this series of discussion guides featuring a Q & A with a physician or other expert on relevant topics for pancreatic cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.  The guides also provide actionable suggestions and practical advice for managing pancreatic cancer, both physically and emotionally.  Topics featured include pancreatic cancer surgery, pain management, depression/anxiety, nutrition, clinical trials, and treatment options.

Treatment-Related Topics  |  Coping/Managing Your Disease  |  Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer

Treatment-Related Topics


Clinical Trials
Joyce Schaffer RN, MSN, AOCNS answers questions regarding cancer clinical trials, including how clinical trials process works, how to join, and the potential benefits and risks of participating. A bill of rights for clinical trial volunteers is also included in the issue, as well as, a matching service for patients through The Lustgarten Foundation in partnership with EmergingMed. Read More…

Identifying a Treatment, Doctor or Facility
Diane M. Simeone, M.D. explains the importance for patients to seek care from doctors or from a center that provides a very high quality of care and is experienced with pancreatic cancer and the nedd for multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. She highlights the best way to choose an oncologist and/or treatment center and what to look for in a treatment center, as well as the need for patients to seek out a second opinion upon diagnosis. Read More…

Treatment Review
David Kelsen, M.D. gives an overview of what patients can expect when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and offers questions for newly-diagnosed patients to ask their phyicians, information on determining what stage the cancer is, treatment options, and difference methods of drug delivery.  Read More…

Surgery
Sarah Thayer, M.D., Ph.D. speaks about the most common surgical procedures for patients with pancreatic cancer. She explains that surgery is only one part of treatment for patients and also includes chemotherapy, radiation and palliative care. Read More…

Radiation Therapy
Joel Tepper, M.D., answers questions regarding the role of radiation therapy and how it destroys the tumor cells of pancreatic cancer. He explains the effectiveness of the therapy to shrink and ultimately kill cancer cells. Read More…

Basic Science
Ron DePinho, M.D. answers questions about the basic science of cancer. He speaks about genetic mutations, genomics, biomarkers that may identify patients with very early stage disease, and how the research being conducted in mouse models is a necessary step towards developing effective treatments. Read More…

Cancer Vaccines
Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D. focuses on the topic of cancer vaccines and the difference between them and immunotherapy. She discusses preventative vaccines and cancer treatment vaccines and the challenges of developing a treatment vaccine for pancreatic cancer. Read More…

Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Richard Lee, M.D. defines complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine.” He explains that even though there is some scientific evidence surrounding CAM therapies, more research is needed. He also discusses Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM), which focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Read More…

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