Pancreas Cancer Task Force

Contact Information

Contact UW Carbone Cancer Center for appointment scheduling, patient referrals and more information: 

(608) 262-5223

(800) 622-8922


In The News

Honoring a Wisconsin Hero at the Carbone Cancer Center

The UW Carbone Cancer Center has formed a Pancreas Cancer Task Force comprised of patients, family, friends, community leaders and concerned supporters to raise awareness of pancreas cancer and funds for researching diagnosis and treatment options for the disease.


Pancreas Cancer by the Numbers

  • Pancreas cancer is currently the third-leading cause of all cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
  • The American Cancer Society says pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in Wisconsin.
  • Compared to all other of cancer deaths, patients facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis have the lowest survival rate. Only 8 percent survive five years.
  • Pancreas cancer survival rates have not changed appreciably in the last 40 years.
  • There is no reliable early detection method for pancreatic cancer.

About the Pancreas Task Force


The Pancreas Cancer Task Force is working to help make significant headway to advance the understanding of and funding for the disease. New insights into pancreas cancer are critically needed. It is essential to translate new pancreas cancer initiatives into meaningful improvements in monitoring, early detection and treatment.


The task force's 10-year goal: Raise $10 million to support basic "pilot" research projects, develop permanent research space within the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research and help recruit and retain the most talented researchers. The Gastrointestinal Cancer Department doctors and research staff within the Carbone Cancer Center fully support the efforts of this Task Force.



Pancreas Task Force Mission and Vision

  • To create a world-class research facility with dedicated staff focusing on pancreatic cancer at UW Carbone Cancer Center.
  • To find an effective method for early detection, to extend the quality and length of life of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and ultimately to find a cure. To live in a world where pancreatic cancer is no longer a deadly killer.

View the Pancreas Cancer Strategic Plan (2019-2024) (pdf) 


For More Information or to Make a Contribution



To make a personal or corporate donation, make a check payable to the "Pancreas Cancer Research Fund," and send it to:


UW Carbone Cancer Center

Attn: Pancreas Cancer Research Fund

600 Highland Avenue, K4/658

Madison, WI 53792-6164


Or, make a contribution online at


If you'd like more information about the Pancreas Cancer Task Force activities, please contact:

Sofia Refetoff, PhD

Pancreas Cancer Research Coordinator
UW Carbone Cancer Center
1111 Highland Avenue, WIMR 6031
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 265-2818