Category Pancreatic Cancer


Keatley Foundation Donation

The Keatley Foundation made a generous $10,000 donation to the Kimmel Cancer Center.   Events like their second annual Beef and Beer contributed to this generous donation. The Keatley Foundation was created by Bob Lyons during his treatment at Jefferson Hospital. The foundation name comes from the street name where Bob lives. According to Bob, That …


High Dose Vitamin C for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

By Josh Goldstein, The Daily Dose @Jefferson A small phase I clinical trial at Jefferson University Hospitals of high-dose, intravenous vitamin C in combination with chemotherapy medications show that this treatment is safe and may have promise for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. The study published in the open access online journal PLoS ONE tested …


Surgeons Cut Whipple Procedure Wound Infections in Half with New Measures

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital surgeons found that a carefully-selected surgical care check list of 12 measures reduced Whipple procedure wound infections by nearly 50 percent. Smoking cessation at least two weeks prior to surgery, gown and glove change prior to skin closure, and using clippers over razors to shave the surgical area are some of the …


Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Celebrates 20 Years of Patient Care and Cancer Discovery

From October forward, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (KCC), a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, is celebrating 20 years of service to the community and the groundbreaking cancer research from the scientists and physicians who’ve provided an invaluable contribution to medical science and healthcare. “This is truly a milestone for the Kimmel Cancer Center—it’s …


Blocking Receptor in Key Hormone Fires Up Enzyme to Kill Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Pancreatic cancer researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have shown, for the first time, that blocking a receptor of a key hormone in the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) reduces cancer cell growth by activating the enzyme AMPK to inhibit fatty acid synthase, the ingredients to support cell division. With that, a new chemopreventive agent that inhibits the …


New Tumor Tracking Technique for Radiotherapy Spares Healthy Tissue, Could Improve Cancer Treatment

Medical physicists at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center have demonstrated a new real-time tumor tracking technique that can help minimize the amount of radiation delivered to surrounding healthy tissue in a patient—up to 50 percent less in some cases—and maximize the dose the tumor receives. Respiratory and cardiac motions have been found …


Inflammation Marker Related to Obesity is Elevated in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

The levels of an inflammatory chemokine were significantly elevated in patients with pancreatic cancer who were extremely obese, according to research conducted by scientists at the Jefferson Pancreatic, Biliary and Related Cancers Center. They presented their data at the 5th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, held in San Antonio. Studies have shown that obesity is correlated …


Thymoquinone Inhibits the Development of Pancreatic Cancer

An herb recently found to kill pancreatic cancer cells also appears to inhibit development of pancreatic cancer as a result of its anti-inflammatory properties, according to researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. The data were presented at the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009 in Denver. (Abstract #494) Thymoquinone, the major constituent of the …


Vitamin K and Sorafenib Combination Demonstrated Anti-Tumor Effects in Pancreas Cancer and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

A combination of Sorafenib and Vitamin K had an effect in vitro on both human pancreas cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma, according to researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Data from the two studies were presented at the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009 in Denver. (Abstract #5470 and #5483) Vitamin K1 or Vitamin K2, …


Traditional Herbal Medicine Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Researchers Report

An herb used in traditional medicine by many Middle Eastern countries may help in the fight against pancreatic cancer, one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia have found that thymoquinone, an extract of Nigella sativa seed oil, blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the …


Jefferson Scientists’ Discovery May Help Explain Smoking-Pancreatic Cancer Link

If lung cancer and heart disease aren’t bad enough, cigarette smokers are also at higher risk for developing, among other things, pancreatic cancer. Now, researchers at the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia have preliminary evidence indicating one possible reason why. Data being presented April 13, 2008 during the Annual Meeting of the American Association …


Blood Pressure Drugs Halt Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth, Jefferson Researchers Find

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia are inching closer to understanding how common blood pressure medications might help prevent the spread of pancreatic cancer. They have found in the laboratory that one type of pressure-lowering drug called an angiotensin receptor blocker inhibits pancreatic cancer cell growth and causes cell …


Jefferson, PanCAN Holding Program April 5 to Help Patients, Families, and Public Learn More About Pancreatic Cancer

The message about pancreatic cancer is changing, says renowned surgeon Charles J. Yeo, M.D. New imaging techniques, improved early detection and screening of high-risk groups, and new therapies on the horizon have begun to change the way pancreatic cancer is viewed. “There’s been a shift in the way we treat and think about this disease,” …


Jefferson Scientists Find Protein Helps Pancreatic Cancer Cells Hide from Immune System, Allowing Spread

A protein that helps prevent a woman’s body from rejecting a fetus may also play an important role in enabling pancreatic cancer cells to evade detection by the immune system, allowing them to spread in the body. Researchers at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia found that the metastatic cancer cells in the lymph nodes …