PanCAN's vision is to create a world in which all patients with pancreatic cancer will thrive.
Our mission is to take bold action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing scientific research, building community, sharing knowledge, and advocating for patients.
Our Comprehensive Approach
PanCAN was the first organization dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer in a comprehensive way, and for more than two decades, we’ve grown a nationwide movement tackling the disease from all angles.
We fund transformative research — everything from early detection to innovative new treatment approaches.
We provide information about treatment options, diet and nutrition, support resources and more, and we can answer all your questions along the way.
We work with thousands of grassroots advocates to urge Congress to increase federal research funding for pancreatic cancer, and we get results.
Our Goals by 2030
Drive 5-year survival from 10% to 20%
Thanks to PanCAN's approach to fighting pancreatic cancer, the survival rate reached double digits in 2020. In 2024, it increased to 13%. Now we're working to get to 20% by 2030 through funding scientific research, disrupting the traditional pancreatic cancer clinical trials system with our own new approach, leading an early detection initiative, and more.
Raise $80M annually
Donors fund every bit of progress we make, so your gifts and PurpleStride fundraising support are critical to funding lifesaving research and keeping our vital patient and caregiver programs and services operating – free of charge.
Grow awareness of PanCAN in the U.S. from 14% to 30%
More people need to know about pancreatic cancer – symptoms, risk factors, treatment options and how PanCAN is here to help patients and families at every step. We'll increase awareness through national campaigns, media coverage, strategic partnerships, events and more, and we'll continually measure our success.
WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER
With approximately $208 million invested in research since 2003 and a more than $34 million investment this year
93% of our respondents told us they felt more knowledgeable after speaking with an expert Patient Services case manager
Generated a total research investment of approximately $208 million
More than 700 PanCAN volunteer leaders drive local community action for our nationwide movement
Boosted National Cancer Institute funding for pancreatic cancer by 1075% since starting our efforts in 1999
Patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals have called upon our organization more than 270,000 times for free information, resources and support
Our nationwide PurpleStride community raised $11.8M this past year to fund our critical research and programs and services for patients
Earned Charity Navigator's highest four-star rating for 18 years in a row, indicating our strong financial health, ongoing accountability and transparency.
Our History of Achievements
From our beginning as a three-person nonprofit to our role today as a nationwide network supporting the pancreatic cancer community, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has made significant progress fighting this deadly disease. View a few of our achievements below.
WHO WE ARE
Our dedicated staff and passionate volunteers take action every day for a cause neglected far too long. Get to know the women and men who are leading the charge for all those impacted by this disease, including our president and CEO Julie Fleshman.
Our Core Values
In all that we do, we’re guided and passionately driven by these five principles. Learn more.
We are committed to providing exemplary service and expressing gratitude so that everyone's experience with us is positive and meaningful. We do our very best to deliver on that commitment.
We know our responsibilities and we don't make excuses or blame others for our mistakes. Simply put, we see it, own it, solve it and do it.
We are dedicated to having a diverse team and working together in a spirit of community and inclusion to challenge and support each other to be the very best. An emphasis on team achievements and pride in individual accomplishments contributes to our collective successes.
We are inspired by our constituents every day. Their courage and determination remind us that unrelenting optimism and hope can motivate and inspire us all to reach our goals. If we add a little "sparkle spirit," we can achieve anything.