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Pancreatic Cancer Pathfinder

According to the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the pancreas. Most pancreatic cancers begin in the ducts that carry pancreatic juices. Cancer of the pancreas may be called pancreatic cancer or carcinoma of the pancreas. It can also be called exocrine cancer.

Internet Resources Books Journal Articles Support

Internet Resources

Cancer.gov: Pancreatic Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care, and clinical trials.
Clinicaltrials.gov
This Web site offers authoritative information on a wide variety of domestic clinical trials for many diseases and conditions, including pancreatic cancer. There is information for past, current and developing clinical trials, both federally and privately funded.
MedlinePlus: Pancreatic Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public. Look for familiar links to places like the National Institutes of Health.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
An organization devoted specifically to pancreatic cancer awareness, support and research funding. This Web site provides authoritative information about pancreatic cancer, information on supportive care, current news on pancreatic cancer research and treatment, and much more.
Cancer.net: An ASCO Website
Designed especially for cancer patients by the cancer professionals of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this site is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, current information about cancer. The symptom management section is especially helpful.

Books

(All of these books are available at the Health Learning Center.)

100 questions and answers about pancreatic cancer. O'Reilly, E., & Kelvin, J. 2003.
Choices. 624-632. Morra M and Potts E. 2003.
Everyone's guide to cancer supportive care: A comprehensive handbook for patients and their families. Rosenbaum EH and Rosenbaum I. 2005.
Pancreatic cancer. Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. v.2: 929-935. Longe J. Ed. 2006. Available online at www.nmh.org. Click on Health Information and then on Virtual Library.

Journal Articles

"Fruit and vegetable consumption in relation to pancreatic cancer risk: a prospective study. "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 15(2):301-5. Larsson SC, et al. 2006 Feb.
"Pancreatic Cancer: An Update on a 'Stealth' Cancer." Harvard Health Letter, 32(5):4-5. March 2007.
"Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis and Management. American Family Physician." 73(3): 485. Freelove, A. February 1, 2006
"Reducing Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer." Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 13(12):6-7. February 2002.
"The defiant one. Hard to detect and quick to spread, pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest of cancers. Researchers hope that genetic research will make it more like other cancers - a treatable disease." Harvard Health Letter. 28(4):1-3. Anonymous. February 2003..
"What's new in the pancreatic cancer treatment pipeline? Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology." 20(2): 315-326. Von Hoff, D. 2006.

Support

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
An organization devoted specifically to pancreatic cancer awareness, support and research funding. This Web site provides authoritative information about pancreatic cancer, information on supportive care, current news on pancreatic cancer research and treatment, and much more.
Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
ACOR is a free online lifeline for everyone affected by cancer and related disorders. The ACOR Web site features email discussion lists for many types of cancer and cancer topics, as well as live internet chat rooms.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.