Methods for earlier interception of sporadic pancreatic cancer are urgently needed. Early detection is the key to improving survival of this cancer. Since 2014, the Kenner Family Research Fund has conducted conferences and summit meetings that focus on different aspects of developing an early detection protocol. After each meeting, summit, or conference, KFRF has published the proceedings and resulting ideas in Pancreas, the journal of the American Pancreatic Association, the Japan Pancreas Society, and the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society.
In an editorial, Dr. Barbara Kenner raises awareness of depression and anxiety as potential early symptoms for pancreatic cancer. She challenges researchers to explore the biological basis for this symptom as another part of the effort to find methods for early detection.
The conference report from the forum Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer: The Role of Industry in the Development of Biomarkers has an overview of examples of innovative initiatives by industry and confirms the critical need for collaboration among industry, government, research institutions, and advocacy groups in order to make pancreatic cancer more easily detectable in its earlier stages.
The forum Early Detection: Lessons Learned from Other Cancers brought together leading experts from breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers to describe the development of early detection methods in their respective fields, and how this knowledge may be applied to possible early detection methods for pancreatic cancer. The paper summarizes the forum proceedings.
The Kenner Family Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network held a meeting for North American pancreatic cancer organizations to actively collaborate and increase participation in World Pancreatic Cancer Day. The results of this meeting are published in this paper, as well as a listing of all participating organizations.
The Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer Summit Conference was conducted by Kenner Family Research Fund in conjunction with the 2014 American Pancreatic Association and Japan Pancreas Society meeting. This white paper outlines the ideas developed from that meeting, which include the development of a Strategic Map for Innovation.
The Kenner Family Research Fund conducted the inaugural Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer Summit Conference in conjunction with the 2014 meeting of the American Pancreatic Association and Japan Pancreas Society. A summary of the proceedings of this meeting are provided in this paper.
The Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer Summit Conference focused on sporadic pancreatic cancer. But early detection methods will need to be tested with individuals at high risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The supplement supplies detailed information on the known types of inherited predisposition to pancreatic cancer.