|2014-06-18||White Blood Cell Counts||What are white blood cells?||3185|
|2016-08-26||Long-Term Pancreatic Cancer Survivors Without Surgery||Details on 11 long-term survivors who never had surgery.||2409|
|2016-08-02||How Chemotherapy Works (or Doesn’t)||How chemotherapy works. And why it stops working.||997|
|2015-07-03||Phase 3 Metastatic Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Clinical Trial Results||Results of every phase 3 metastatic clinical trial for pancreatic cancer. Tell me if I've missed one!||881|
|2017-01-09||The Case for Low Dose FOLFIRINOX||Low dose FOLFIRINOX has fewer side effects and comparable effectiveness||801|
|2015-01-31||Immunotherapy of Pancreatic Cancer – a Webinar||Johns Hopkins GVAX vaccine developer Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee gives a run-down of PanCan immunotherapy options. I annotated it so you can find what you're interested in.||781|
|2015-10-01||Clonal Evolution Model||The widely accepted theory of how cancer grows and how it affects treatment options.||638|
|2014-09-29||Gemcitabine Dose Escalation Study – a Paper Review||What's the scoop on phase 1 clinical trials? Here's a look at PanCan's most important one.||241|
|2015-08-18||What Researchers Know and You Don’t||One paper is behind almost every new cancer treatment. It all makes sense now!||235|
|2014-07-04||WBC During Chemotherapy||How do white blood cell counts respond during chemotherapy?||176|
|2015-09-25||Cancer Models||How do researchers come up with new treatment ideas? It's based on models.||112|
|2015-10-01||Cancer Stem Cell Model||A new(er) theory of how cancer grows and its implications on treatment options.||108|
|2014-09-21||Stockdale Paradox & Cancer||Admiral Stockdale endured 7 years as a Vietnam POW. How can you get through tough times?||72|
|2017-11-12||Worst Medical Advice||Worst Medical Advice I've Ever Received||39|
I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 11, 2010, after visiting the emergency room because of severe back and abdominal pains. Over the previous five months, those pains doubled in intensity every three weeks and my PCP and various specialists could not find anything except a hiatal hernia. I still have that hernia, but the cancer didn’t make it.
In this blog, I’ll explore pancreatic cancer treatments. The current crop of chemotherapy drugs are blunt instruments that attack all dividing cells. New drugs are being produced that target specific mutations present in many, but not all tumors. As patients, we need to try and select the drugs that present us with the best chance at survival. We don’t have many chances to get it right.
We’ve all heard the dire pancreatic cancer statistics. Every web page and paper written about pancreatic cancer starts with the same bleak outlook. I want to give patients the information they need to increase their odds a fraction. In general, I find that the more knowledge I have about the subject, the less scary it becomes. I have my next treatment steps planned based on my health history and what I know about my genetic makeup.
This information may make no difference, it may make a little difference, or it might give someone their life back.
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough