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As part of Black History Month, PanCAN brought together a panel of community members and experts who are working to treat and champion pancreatic cancer patients and families in the Black community and beyond. Pancreatic cancer survivor and PanCAN volunteer Teona Ducre hosted an empowering discussion with healthcare professionals, a member of our Board of Directors and a PanCAN Patient Services representative.

View the recording to:

  • Learn about the importance of self-advocacy when faced with pancreatic cancer
  • Be inspired by stories about the power of patient advocacy to create change for those fighting today and in the future
  • Hear about progress in addressing racial inequities as related to pancreatic cancer and learn what more needs to be done
  • Walk away with tips and tools to start a conversation with your healthcare team and become your own best advocate
  • Hear from a genetic counselor about the importance of genetic and biomarker testing for patients with pancreatic cancer and why this message is especially key for members of the Black community
  • Learn how PanCAN Patient Services can be an important ally to patients with pancreatic cancer and their loved ones by offering free resources and support

Learn how you can advocate for yourself or a loved one facing pancreatic cancer. Get your questions answered and connect with people who can help.



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Teona Ducre

Pancreatic cancer survivor and active PanCAN advocate who is especially interested in helping the Black community learn more about pancreatic cancer and health inequities

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Fabienne Ehivet, MS, CGC

Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor, Emory Winship Cancer Institute

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Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP (London)

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology; Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities; Associate Director, Diversity Affairs, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson; 116th President National Medical Association; Brigadier General (Ret.) United States Air Force

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Rod Williams

PanCAN volunteer, advocate and member of PanCAN's Board of Directors who lost his brother-in-law to pancreatic cancer

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Fatima Zelada-Arenas

PanCAN Patient Services Director, Research and Education

We can't do this important work without you. Donate today so PanCAN can continue to provide free support and resources to patients and families faced with pancreatic cancer. Your gift will make a difference in continuing progress.