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Last Updated: 12/11/13

Pancreatic SPOREs

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Over 45,220 newly diagnosed cases, and an estimated 38,460 deaths are expected in the United States in the year 2013. Presently, surgery, radiation and chemotherapies are treatment options that can extend survival and/or relieve symptoms in these patients, but seldom produce a cure. Patients with cancers of the pancreas have a particularly poor prognosis, as mortality from of this cancer is extremely high (5-year survival rate is <5%). Currently, the investigators from pancreatic cancer SPOREs are working closely with the researchers in GI Cancer SPOREs. Pancreatic SPOREs and GI SPOREs having projects in pancreatic cancer are developing screening protocols to collect biospecimens from early lesions, fluid from cysts, circulating tumor cells, or DNA from serum. These biospecimens could help in the development of new molecular or imaging biomarkers that could be used in the selection of pancreatic cancer patients for early surgical intervention.

Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Gloria Petersen, PhD [Click Here]
Professor of Epidemiology
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Department of Health Sciences Research
200 First Street Southwest
Rochester, MN 55905
Tel: (507) 538-1563
Fax: (507) 266-2478
Email: petersen.gloria@mayo.edu

For more information on this specific SPORE’s institution, please visit:
http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/mayo/research/gastro_cancer/

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Donald J. Buchsbaum, PhD [Click Here]
Professor and P.I.
UAB Pancreatic SPORE Program
Department of Radiation Oncology
Division of Radiology Biology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1530 3rd Avenue South, SHEL 701
Birmingham, AL 35294
Tel: (205) 934-7077
Fax: (205) 975-7060
Email: donald.buchsbaum@ccc.uab.edu

For more information on this specific SPORE’s institution, please visit:
www.uab.edu/ccc/pancreaticcancer

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Michael A. Hollingsworth, PhD [Click Here]
Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Eppley Institute for Cancer Research
985950 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198
Tel: (402) 559-8343
Fax: (402) 559-2813
Email: mahollin@unmc.edu

For more information on this specific SPORE’s institution, please visit:
http://www.unmc.edu/eppley/spore