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Kosten Foundation Announces Local Efforts for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Organizations and Individuals Throughout the Mid-South Join Together to Raise Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer in November

Memphis, Tenn., November 8, 2018 – The Kosten Foundation is bringing awareness to one of the most deadly forms of cancer during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month again this November with various initiatives and events, including their annual symposium lecture, a Tribute at Twilight event, purple lighting of public and private structures, purple items at local businesses, and Purple PANCakes for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness at Strano by Chef Josh. All donations to the Kosten Foundation in November will also be matched by Susan and Alan Kosten. Donations can be made online at www.kostenfoundation.com.

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Kosten Foundation and UTHSC Invite the Public to Learn About Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Research at Purple Night Saturday, October 6

Memphis, Tenn., September 27, 2018 – The Kosten Foundation’s annual Purple Night will showcase advances by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pancreatic Cancer Research Team in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer on October 6, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, 881 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. The public is invited to the free event to meet the Pancreatic Cancer research team and learn what they are working on, with support from the Kosten Foundation and others, to end Pancreatic Cancer. Registration is requested at this link:  http://bit.ly/PurpleNight18

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Pancreatic Cancer Educational Opportunities

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network hosts educational events for patients and their loved ones in cities across the United States. They host educational lectures and seminars which are in-person opportunities for patients and families to learn about various topics related to pancreatic cancer from leaders in the field, and to join together in camaraderie. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network also offers webinars, where patients and caregivers can learn about various topics from the comfort of their homes

For further details, please visit www.pancan.org

Increasing The Odds Against Pancreatic Cancer

Many people believe there are no long-term survivors from pancreatic cancer — but thankfully, that’s not true. Ask Richard Luze, associate vice chancellor for development programs at Washington University, who is cancer-free six years after his diagnosis. He received aggressive therapy from Washington University specialist at the Siteman Cancer cneter and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “I was treated at one of the top places in the Untied States for pancreatic cancer, and some of the best doctors in the country were part of my medical team,” Luze says. “They were outstanding, and the care I received was wonderful.”

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Contact Patient Central to Learn More About Pancreatic Cancer

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Patient Central is designed as the starting point for patients and their families and caregivers as they undertake their pancreatic cancer journey. By contacting Patient Central, patients and their families and caregivers can receive pancreatic cancer information which includes information about treatment options, diet and nutrition, symptom and pain management, pancreatic cancer specialists, and support resources.

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Serous Cystadenomas

Serous cystadenomas are a type of cystic neoplasm of the pancreas. These lesions are more frequent in those greater than age 70 and are more common in women. They are commonly quite large at the time of diagnosis measuring on average 5-8cm. Even though they are large they almost never cause jaundice and uncommonly will block the pancreatic duct. Thus, they are usually asymptomatic and are most usually found on diagnostic imaging performed for other reasons.

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I Had The Disease But I was Lucky

It’s a dread disease. The fourth-highest cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it’s usually portrayed as an unstoppable, incurable killer. it has struck some high-profile figures: Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with it. Opera star Luiciano Pavarotti and former Ronald Reagan aide Michael Deaver died of it. So, too, on July 25th, did Randy Pausch, the former Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor whose “last lecture” before a university audience became a YouTube sensation and a bestselling book.

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Mucinous cystadenoma and cystadenocarcinoma

Mucinous cystadenoma is a type of cystic neoplasm. This type of tumor is usually benign when small but can grow and degenerate into a frank cancer. Most patients with these tumors are in their 5th and 6th decade and it is more common in women. Most of these tumors occur in the body and tail of the pancreas. As with serous cystadenomas they can usually be definitely diagnosed with modern diagnostic testing.

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