Penn Pancreatic Cancer Research Center

  • Murine pancreatic tumor with cancer cells stained in green (YFP), nuclei in blue (DAPI) and collagen in purple - Captured by Nicole Aiello (Stanger Lab)

  • From left: Drs. Ursina Teitelbaum, Ben Stanger, Steven Leach (MSKCC), Jeffrey Drebin, and Robert Vonderheide

  • Pancreatic tumor cells stained for YFP (cyan), E - Cadherin (red), Cytokeratin-19 (green), with nuclei counterstained with DAPI (blue) - Amine Sahmoud (Stanger Lab)

  • Scientific research plays a fundamental role in the PCRC

  • Pancreatic cancer cells dividing (light blue), 40x magnification - captured by David Bajor (Vonderheide Lab)

Welcome to the Penn Pancreatic Cancer Research Center!

The Penn Pancreatic Cancer Research Center (PCRC) is committed to delivering high-quality care for patients with pancreatic cancer. We take a multidisciplinary approach — integrating Medical Oncology, Surgery, Gastroenterology, Radiation Oncology, and Pathology — to deliver comprehensive and personalized options to our patients.

On January 7, 2016, the American Cancer Society published their Cancer Statistics, 2016 report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The major takeaway from this report is that pancreatic cancer deaths will surpass breast cancer deaths this year, moving up to the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. One encouraging piece of this report is that the five-year relative survival rate for pancreatic cancer has moved from 7 to 8 percent. Following this news, we have a renewed sense of urgency and determination to find a cure.

As if to illustrate this point, President Barack Obama introduced a new initiative to find a cure for cancer during his most recent State of Union address, and Vice President Joe Biden visited us at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, January 15, 2016 to investigate ways to accelerate research like our own. NBC 10 interviewed our own Dr. Robert Vonderheide about this visit:

Of all the places Vice President Biden could have chosen to launch this extraordinary initiative, he decided to come to Penn. The time is right for breakthroughs. Read more here.

Information for clinical trials

We believe in the power of clinical trials in caring for patients and conquering this disease.
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