90 attendees at the 2018 WPCC meeting in Florida Dr. Barbara Kenner, Dr. Talia Golan, Dr. Diane Simeone at the 2019 WPCC Science Information session

The mission of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC) is to drive transformational change for all those affected by pancreatic cancer. KFRF was one of the founding members of the steering committee and continues to be closely involved with the development of the coalition and initiatives.

The launch and inaugural WPCC meeting was held in May 2016. Meetings have been held annually since then. Current WPCC membership includes 95 Coalition members from 35 countries and six continents. The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition member directory lists addresses and contact information for the organizations that make up the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition.

The annual WPCC meeting was held May 7-9, 2019, with 105 people from 49 member organizations, representing 21 countries over six continents. A scientific discussion updating the group on early detection, treatment strategies, clinical trials, genetic testing, and familial pancreatic cancer featured Dr. Diane Simeone and Dr. Talia Golan. Other educational sessions focused on supporting patients, understanding clinical trials, developing media skills, and sharing best practices. These sessions help WPCC members increase awareness and drive transformational change throughout the year and on World Pancreatic Cancer Day (November 21, 2019).

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, an all-virtual meeting was held September 21-23, 2021. The meeting was attended by 100 people from organizations around the globe. Highlights include the scientific discussion of global perspectives on pancreatic cancer, with Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee and Dr. Anirban Maitra; a survivor story from Bryony Thomas; and regional breakout sessions. Participants agreed that the session previewing the assets for World Pancreatic Cancer Day (November 18, 2021) was very helpful in preparing for the campaign. All recorded sessions remain available for viewing on YouTube.

KFRF offers a big thank you to the sponsors who help support the WPCC and make it possible to provide an effective and unified voice advocating for patients and their families.