Let's Talk About: Pancreatic Cancer in the Black Community

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Black Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than any other ethnic and racial group. Researchers don't know exactly why, but they believe environmental and lifestyle factors play a role. Also, some Black patients face barriers that can hinder them from receiving care.

Members of the Black community gathered during National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week 2022 to share their experiences with the disease and discuss:

  • How to speak with your physician about your personalized care plan
  • How to access treatment options and clinical trials
  • The importance of genetic and biomarker testing
  • The free resources PanCAN Patient Services offers, including how to find a pancreatic cancer specialist, information on diet and nutrition, financial support and more

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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Karyn A. Temple, Moderator

Member, PanCAN Board of Directors
Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, Motion Picture Association
Karyn lost her father and grandmother to pancreatic cancer

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Craig Irving

PanCAN supporter
Corporate Sales Manager, Eastern Division, American Airlines
Craig was a caregiver for his sister, whom he lost to pancreatic cancer

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Randi Ervin

Pancreatic cancer survivor
Member, PanCAN Survivor Council; PanCAN volunteer leader
Senior Marketing Manager, EarnUp

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Marcus Noel, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Focuses on gastrointestinal cancer, with a special interest in pancreatic cancer

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Ashley Nelson

Case Manager, PanCAN Patient Services
A compassionate, trusted and supportive resource for pancreatic cancer patients and families

Learn if you are at risk for pancreatic cancer.

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Family History Worksheet

Has your family been affected by pancreatic cancer or other types of cancer? Complete the worksheet to help you better understand your risk.

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Risk Assessment Test

There are several risk factors for pancreatic cancer. Could you be at higher risk? Take the test to learn more and get next steps.


Contact PanCAN Patient Services for answers on any questions you have about pancreatic cancer.

My Experience with Pancreatic Cancer

You may have experienced pancreatic cancer or know someone who has. Here, members of our "Let's Talk About: Pancreatic Cancer in the Black Community" panel share their experiences with the disease.

Telling Vi's Story, Improving Outreach to the Black Community

After losing his sister to pancreatic cancer, Craig Irving is focused on educating the Black community about symptoms of the disease and the importance of clinical trials.

Oncologist Is Humbled, Inspired by His Patients

Meet Dr. Marcus Noel of Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center and find out who inspired him to pursue medicine and oncology, and how his patients and working toward equity in care inspire him now.

Honoring Her Family's Legacy of Giving Back

Donor Karyn Temple lost her dad and grandmother to pancreatic cancer. Now she's raising money for pancreatic cancer and carrying on her family's legacy of giving back.

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor Pays it Forward

Randi Ervin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly six years ago. After learning about PanCAN, she became a volunteer, doing her part to make sure people facing the disease get support.

We're Here for You

Contact PanCAN Patient Services today for free one-on-one support, regardless of where you are on your journey.

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