Can Pancreatic Cancer Be Stopped?


December 1, 2011

Jewish Exponent

Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, director of the Abramson Cancer Center, is quoted in a Jewish Exponent story about advances in prostate cancer research and treatment in Philadelphia. He notes that the recent deaths of Steve Jobs and Ralph Steinman, the 2011 Nobel Laureate for Medicine, from the disease are a reminder "that there are still many cancers for which we don't have a cure. With a number of expert surgeons and great research medical institutions in the Philadelphia area, the city is sparked by the desire to eradicate this deadly disease." The story details the ways in which the Abramson Cancer Center is in the forefront of research into new approaches to attack the disease, including through the Stand Up To Cancer pancreatic cancer "dream team," whose projects include "starving" tumors by depriving them of a specific nutrient that they require for survival. The article also mentions research published this year by Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, associate director for Translational Research in the Abramson Cancer Center, detailing a new immunotherapeutic approach to treating pancreatic cancer by attacking the "scaffolding" around the tumors... Read More