$6 can train a volunteer advocate to speak up for research
funding on Capitol Hill.
$11 can support a recently diagnosed patient with free
$32 can give free one-on-one support to someone facing
can support a local volunteer affiliate’s ability to fight pancreatic cancer
Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a national
leader in the fight against pancreatic cancer. With a volunteer presence in
more than 90 communities across the country, this network of supporters works
together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those
affected by pancreatic cancer. The organization raises money for direct private
funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding
of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic
Since 2003, we have awarded 94 research grants totaling
nearly $18 million. In addition to growing the field of investigators focused
on pancreatic cancer, this funding answers important scientific questions and
helps foster collaboration across disciplines and institutions.
Government Affairs & Advocacy
With an office in Washington D.C., we educate elected
officials about pancreatic cancer and the need to increase federal research
funding dedicated to studying the disease. Our advocacy efforts have helped to
increase funding for pancreatic cancer research from the National Cancer
Institute from just over $17 million in 1999 to nearly $105 million in 2012, an
$87.5 million increase.
On January 2, 2013, President Obamasignedinto law landmark legislation that
will help advance pancreatic cancer research. TheRecalcitrant Cancer Research Actwill create a scientific framework for
accelerating progress and improving patient outcomes. Passage of this bill was
due in large part to the hundreds of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network volunteers
and supporters across the country, whose extraordinary efforts to create
awareness and advocate in their communities created the momentum needed for
Congress to act.
Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) connects patients and
their families with dedicated, highly trained staff who provide comprehensive information
and resources about the disease, including treatment options, clinical trials,
and diet, all free of charge. As of 2013, more than 70,000 individuals have
been served by the PALS program.
We support volunteers across the country who help raise the
national visibility of pancreatic cancer through local events, distribution of
information about our patient services to hospitals and doctors’ offices, contacting
the media and educating elected officials about the need for increased federal
Donor & Corporate Relations
We work with companies and individuals to create hope. Their
generous investment in our mission allows us to expand our services, advance innovative
research and move science toward a cure.