Mission and Goals

Our Mission
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

How We Accomplish Our Mission
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and government advocacy. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research – and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information and options by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized information they need to make informed decisions. The organization helps support individuals and communities all across the country in working together to raise awareness and funds to develop more effective treatment options for better patient outcomes. We create a sense of hope and community so no one has to face pancreatic cancer alone. Click to learn more about our comprehensive approach to fighting pancreatic cancer.

Our Vision

People with pancreatic cancer will live longer and healthier lives. As an interim milestone, the five-year survival rate will double by 2020.

Early detection tools and effective treatment options for pancreatic cancer will exist and will be accessible.

Healthcare professionals will appropriately identify and diagnose pancreatic cancer and refer those patients to specialists.

All people with pancreatic cancer will actively consider participating in clinical trials.

All people with pancreatic cancer will have access to comprehensive, evidence-based information and education at no cost.

Policy makers will recognize pancreatic cancer as a national and urgent health priority.

Sufficient and sustained federal and private pancreatic cancer funding will result in meaningful scientific breakthroughs and improved survival rates.

A robust, collaborative pancreatic cancer research community will flourish and will support the training of new investigators.

The public will understand the function of the pancreas and the risk factors and symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers and supporters will join the national effort to increase awareness, raise funds and advocate for pancreatic cancer in communities across the country.

Corporate partners, cause marketing efforts and celebrities will raise the visibility of pancreatic cancer and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Purple will be recognized worldwide as a symbol of hope for pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will be the worldwide leader in the fight against pancreatic cancer.