Programs and Services

Our Comprehensive Approach to Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is fully committed to providing the most comprehensive set of programs and services to fight this very difficult disease. Our commitment and passion are driven by our mission: to advance research, support patients and create hope for anyone facing pancreatic cancer.


Research and Scientific Affairs

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Create Hope Through Research.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has develop and continues to grow a comprehensive pancreatic cancer research community and working to provide the tools and resources this community needs in order to make scientific breakthroughs.

We fund a robust research program using a peer-reviewed system administered through the American Association for Cancer Research. Our goal is to fund innovative research, grow the number of researchers directly working on this disease, foster collaboration across disciplines and institutions, and act as a facilitator in the research community to expedite scientific progress that benefits patients.

We have awarded more than $5.1 million through our 2014 research grants program. We are building and expanding a Community for Progress by awarding research funding to the most promising and innovative investigators and providing career support and mentorship to early-career scientists.  Click to learn more


Government Affairs and Advocacy

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Create hope through advocacy.

The federal government has more dollars for cancer research than any private entity. Therefore, we augment private research funding with aggressive advocacy for increased federal dollars for pancreatic cancer. With a strong presence in Washington, DC, we actively take our fight to Congress by continually working with elected officials about the need for increased spending for pancreatic cancer research. Click to learn more


Patient and Liaison Services (PALS)

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Create hope through patient services.

We make sure the latest research and treatment options reach pancreatic cancer patients, their families and caregivers through our Patient and Liaison Services (PALS). When you call us we connect you with a dedicated, highly trained staff member who will provide comprehensive information and resources about the disease, treatment options, clinical trials, diet and nutrition, etc., throughout the course of treatment—free of charge. Reliable educational and resource materials from our extensive library are also available at no charge. Click to learn more


Community Outreach

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Create hope through volunteerism, awareness and action.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network started as a small volunteer effort to increase awareness and move people to take action against pancreatic cancer. In fact, it remains our driving force today. We support an army of volunteers across the country who organize and host our signature PurpleStride and PurpleLight events, contact the media, and alert their elected officials about the urgent need for scientific progress in the area of pancreatic cancer research. Click to learn more