According to the American Cancer Society, about 53,000 people (in the United States alone) were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. While only accounting for about 3% of all cancers in the United States, multiple foundations are dedicated to pancreatic cancer. These organizations are available and accessible for the general public.
Geared for patients, these organizations offer resources, statistics, and perhaps most importantly—a network of resources for living with, and/or learning more about pancreatic cancer.
Below are few of my top recommendations:
This nationwide network of pancreatic cancer survivors places pancreatic cancer front-and-center. PANCAN is dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients, and spreading hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. This organization actively advocates on a government level and strives to empower patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Their “Patient and Caregiver Help Line” is available at: (877) 435-8650.
The NPF is dedicated to offering hope for those fighting pancreatic cancer. This organization specializes in ground-breaking research, advocating for innovative therapies, and providing both emotional support and educational resources for patients and caregivers. Founded in 1997 and based in Bethesda, MD, the NPF now manages a volunteer-based network of State Chapters that focus on local fundraising and outreach. The NPF website covers treatment options, nutritional insights and clinical trials. NPF recognizes health care organizations with expertise in pancreatic cancer treatment and research, such as Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Founded in 2009, the NPCF offers resources, information, and support geared towards improving the lives of those with pancreatic cancer. Their funding focuses on raising educational awareness, patient advocacy, and several financial resource support programs.
The American Cancer Society is an excellent resource of patients with pancreatic cancer. Their information covers everything from getting involved, support groups, and ongoing research. The ACS also provides online support and news updates.
For more information, or to explore how better to get involved or donate, click on any of the above links. While these are some of the more popular, widespread organizations and foundations, note that there are countless others operating around the country (and the world).