|Dr. Noelle LoConte|
This cancer is the cancer that recently took the lives of Luciano Pavarotti, Patrick Swayze and Randy Pausch. It is the forth most common cancer killer in the United States, and very little progress has been made in treating this cancer over the last 50 years.
Pancreas tumors in general do not have many survivors and so they do not get as much publicity as other tumors. For this reason the funding for both endocrine and exocrine pancreas cancers has lagged far behind tumors with many more treatment options.
To increase funding, more family members, friends and care givers need to advocate for this funding. With funding comes progress (see the tremendous strides which have been made in treating pediatric and breast cancers, for example).
Dr. LoConte is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the faculty of the UW Carbone Cancer Center in the summer of 2006. She was the recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award for 2006. Her clinical interests are in gastrointestinal cancers, as well as cancer of any type in the older adult.
Dr. LoConte writes a column for Advances e-Newsletter called A Note From Your Doctor. In her column, she shares her thoughts on healthy living, cancer research and current treatments. She will even answer your questions.