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On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, PanCAN President and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, hosted a panel of special guests for a conversation about the latest in early detection strategies for pancreatic cancer. View the recording to learn more about:

  • Why pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to detect at an early stage of disease and why progress on a standard screening tool has been slow compared to other types of cancer
  • How advances in artificial intelligence and imaging technology stand to impact how cancer is detected and diagnosed
  • What high-risk communities should know about managing their risk and being proactive about their health
  • The signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer, including how to have a conversation with your doctor about this disease
  • The role PanCAN plays in driving research forward, including PanCAN’s groundbreaking Early Detection Initiative


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Julie M. Fleshman, JD, MBA

PanCAN President and CEO, leading the way for more than two decades in PanCAN’s approach to take bold steps to make progress in pancreatic cancer research and improve patient outcomes

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Pamela Jackson

Pancreatic cancer survivor and member of PanCAN’s Survivor Council

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Avinash Kambadakone, MD

Chief, Abdominal Imaging Division and Director, Center for Research and Innovation in Abdominal Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Medical Director, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Imaging; co-principal investigator of PanCAN’s Early Detection Initiative

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Rosalie Sears, PhD

Professor, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics; Co-Director, Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care, Oregon Health and Science University

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Sapna Syngal, MD, MPH

Director of Research, Division of Cancer Genetics and Prevention and Director of Strategic Planning for Prevention and Early Cancer Detection, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Leader, Cancer Risk, Prevention and Early Detection Program, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; member of PanCAN’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Board

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Deborah Scilingo

PanCAN Patient Services Manager, leading a group of dedicated PanCAN Patient Services Case Managers to provide critical services to people with pancreatic cancer and their loved ones

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