Innovating treatment options for pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer

As cancer research continues to evolve, we continue to push the envelope to bring better, faster, more effective treatments to the forefront for our patients. One exciting recent advancement comes in the fight against pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. Often diagnosed in late stages, people with this type of cancer traditionally have had limited options. But a … Continue reading Innovating treatment options for pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer

Pancreatic cancer survivor thankful for clinical trial that saved his life

Dec. 15, 2015, is a day Patrick Koennecke will never forget. Now, he simply refers to it as “the date.” The 60-year-old Waxahachie, Texas, resident and warehouse manager was recovering from major back surgery when he began to notice a pain in his upper stomach on the left side. He described it as a broken … Continue reading Pancreatic cancer survivor thankful for clinical trial that saved his life

Pancreatic cancer: New research opens door to groundbreaking early detection system

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) unveiled its latest endeavor aimed at taking the fight against pancreatic cancer to a new level. BSWRI received a $5.13 million federal grant from the NIH to continue its work to develop an early detection system for pancreatic cancer, the nation’s third-leading cause of cancer-related death. As more … Continue reading Pancreatic cancer: New research opens door to groundbreaking early detection system

Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer

Cancer is a master of disguise. Normally, our immune systems can quickly destroy abnormal cells. But tumors are tricky — they are able to confuse the attacking immune cells, or hide altogether. “When the immune system recognizes a cancer cell, there is no doubt it will kill that cell,” said Carlos Becerra, MD, medical director … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer: what you need to know

Who is most at risk for pancreatic cancer? People who are at greatest risk are those with chronic pancreatitis and certain genetic syndromes, such as: Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, caused by mutations in the gene BRCA2 Familial pancreatitis, caused by mutations in the gene PRSS1 Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), also known as … Continue reading Pancreatic cancer: what you need to know

Sally Ride’s Death: Questions Linger About Pancreatic Cancer

By now, you’ve probably heard the news. Beloved astronaut, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, passed away on Monday after a 17-month long battle with pancreatic cancer. She joins the list of celebrities like Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze and the thousands of other people who were taken too soon by this disease. Each time a … Continue reading Sally Ride’s Death: Questions Linger About Pancreatic Cancer