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Julie Fleshman on How PanCAN Is Raising the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate

In the fight against pancreatic cancer, being your own advocate is crucial. Join host John R. Miles as he interviews Julie Fleshman, CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), to uncover the challenges, breakthroughs, and life-saving strategies in treating this deadly disease.

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In the episode, Julie and I discuss why pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, with a five-year survival rate of only 12%, making it the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. We explore why the disease is often diagnosed in its later stages, making it more challenging to treat effectively, and why the number of deaths caused by pancreatic cancer and all cancer is sadly on the rise. We explore what PanCAN is doing to raise the survival rate and their work in research, new treatment, and earlier detection.

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Unleashing the Power of Advocacy: Proactive Steps to Raise the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate

In this poignant episode, I have the privilege of sitting down with Julie Fleshman, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) CEO. If you or a loved one is fighting pancreatic cancer, this conversation with Julie Fleshman underlines the incredible power of advocacy and the significance it can bring to the journey. Throughout this heartfelt discussion, we address critical questions to provide essential insights for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

In a world where knowledge is our most potent weapon, this conversation with Julie Fleshman underscores the critical importance of being armed with the right information when confronting pancreatic cancer. For those directly impacted by this disease, gaining insights into organizations like PanCAN, understanding the treatment landscape, and the power of advocacy can make a significant difference in their fight.

Throughout this enlightening discussion, we address key questions that aim to provide you with essential insights and guidance toward a more informed and proactive approach to managing pancreatic cancer. Julie shares invaluable knowledge to navigate the pancreatic cancer journey confidently, advocate for the best possible care, and actively contribute to the broader fight against pancreatic cancer.

Join us as we delve into the world of pancreatic cancer with Julie Fleshman, and empower yourself with the tools to make a difference in this critical battle. Listen now to gain the knowledge you need to make informed decisions and drive positive change in the face of this challenging disease.

By listening to Julie and John, you will be able to:

  • Get familiar with PanCAN’s bold initiative to eradicate pancreatic cancer and its commitment to those battling the disease.
  • Unearth the challenges that make pancreatic cancer a silent killer and the push for enhancing early detection techniques.
  • Discover PanCan’s multi-faceted mission to back high-impact research and dedicated patient services.
  • Connect with true stories of those touched by pancreatic cancer, sharing their powerful journey towards making a significant difference.
  • Identify the fundamental importance of personal advocacy in the harsh struggle against pancreatic cancer and what it could cost to look away.
  • And much, much more!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]!
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More From My Conversation With Julie Fleshman

For Julie Fleshman, the devastating impact of pancreatic cancer is personal. When her father fell ill at 52, the medical advice was nothing more than to take some antacids. A mere four months after diagnosis, her father’s tragic passing threw Julie into a whirl of bewilderment, frustration, and despair because of the alarming lack of treatment options and resources available. During this challenging time, Julie was introduced to PanCAN, a small grassroots organization started by three individuals who also lost their parents to pancreatic cancer. This connection sparked a journey in Julie, leading to her becoming PanCAN’s first employee. She has since dedicated her time and energy to raise awareness and drive advancement in pancreatic cancer research.

What is PanCAN’s strategy for funding pancreatic cancer research, and why is it important?

Understanding PanCAN’s strategic approach to funding pancreatic cancer research gives us insight into how impactful efforts against this devastating disease are being led. PanCAN has utilized a multi-pronged strategy that begins with the funding of junior investigators in the field of pancreatic cancer research. The idea behind this is to spark interest and encourage researchers to direct their focus towards this less-studied, yet deadly disease.

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In addition, PanCAN also carries out advocacy in Washington, DC, with the aim of boosting federal resources dedicated to the fight against pancreatic cancer. Another aspect of their strategy is the emphasis on early detection and propelling the development of new treatments. This diverse strategy paints the picture of an organization actively adapting and pushing boundaries to ensure no stone is left unturned in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

From Julie Fleshman’s perspective, these strategic steps aren’t just about the science and logistics of battling pancreatic cancer. Julie helps us remember that at the heart of it all, it’s about people – those grappling with the disease, their loved ones, and the professionals working tirelessly towards finding a cure. Seeing how advocacy impacts federal resources emphasizes the importance of ensuring our representatives know pancreatic cancer is a priority.

Awareness of the vital importance of early detection can lead to more conversations and further development in this area. Ultimately, this key question shows us how a strategic and dynamic approach, grounded in personal dedication and a robust support system, presents a model for battling pancreatic cancer and any formidable challenge against humanity.

How does PanCAN plan to address the urgent need for early detection of pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest forms of cancer due to its silent onset and late-stage diagnosis. With no standardized early detection test currently available, most patients are diagnosed when the disease has already advanced, significantly lowering survival rates. Addressing this issue is a priority for organizations like PanCAN, whose mission is to improve patient outcomes through research, patient services, community engagement, and advocacy.

In addition to funding studies exploring novel treatment approaches, PanCAN invests resources into research on early detection methods. Developing an accurate, cost-effective testing tool for pancreatic cancer will revolutionize how this disease is treated, offering hope for better patient outcomes. During our conversation, Julie Fleshman underscored PanCAN’s commitment to early detection through their investment in research grants. A central part of their strategy has been funding emerging researchers to encourage innovative solutions and fresh insights into pancreatic cancer management.

The question of how PanCAN intends to address this need is crucial to anyone touched by pancreatic cancer. It’s not just about optimizing current treatment practices but extending the reach of these interventions by diagnosing patients with pancreatic cancer earlier. The ripple effect will be unprecedented as this research progresses, eventually leading to a reliable early detection test.

Patients will stand a better chance against this disease, families will have more memories with their loved ones, and the medical community can refocus its resources on other equally important areas of cancer research. But for this to happen, we’ll need everyone’s support. So, let’s remember that every effort to increase awareness, fundraise, or advocate for more resources can potentially save a life in the future.

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  • Visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) website to learn more about the organization’s mission and how you can get involved.
  • Consider donating PanCan to support their research, advocacy, and community engagement efforts in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
  • Get involved with PanCAN’s network of volunteers and help raise awareness of pancreatic cancer in your community.
  • Contact PanCAN’s patient services to speak with a case manager and get information on finding a high-volume center for Whipple surgery or other treatment options.
  • Stay updated with the latest news and breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer research by following PanCAN on social media and subscribing to their newsletter.
  • Share this episode of Passion Struck with your friends and family to help spread awareness about pancreatic cancer and PanCAN’s mission.
  • Consider organizing a fundraising event or participating in a PanCAN event in your area to support pancreatic cancer research and patient advocacy.
  • Advocate for increased federal resources for pancreatic cancer research by contacting your elected officials and sharing your support for PanCAN’s initiatives.
  • American Cancer Society: Provides comprehensive information on pancreatic cancer, including risk factors, symptoms, treatment options, and support resources.
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  • National Cancer Institute (NCI): Offers up-to-date information on pancreatic cancer research, clinical trials, and treatment advancements.
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  • Lustgarten Foundation: Focused solely on pancreatic cancer research, the foundation aims to improve early detection and find better treatment options for patients.
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  • Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C): Funds innovative pancreatic cancer research and brings together scientists and clinicians from various institutions to collaborate on finding new therapies.
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About Today’s Guest, Julie Fleshman

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With unmatched dedication and authenticity, Julie Fleshman has devoted her life to the fight against pancreatic cancer. A beacon of hope in a challenging field, Julie is the CEO and President of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan). Her unwavering devotion to the cause stems from a personal tragedy: losing her father to this disease. Since then, Julie has continuously sought innovative solutions and spearheaded numerous initiatives to create a world where pancreatic cancer patients can thrive. Her 24-year journey has reshaped PanCan into a comprehensive platform focused on research, patient support, advocacy, and community engagement.

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