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Dedicated to improving patient outcomes, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) pioneers revolutionary clinical initiatives and supports leading-edge research.

To date, PanCAN's cumulative research investment is projected to be approximately $104 million, including our research grants program and clinical initiatives.

Research Grants Program

Through a competitive grants process, we fund innovative research. Since 2003, we have awarded 174 grants to 170 scientists at 64 institutions. Meet our newest recipients and read the latest stories about our grantees and their work.

Clinical Initiatives

Precision PromiseSM is the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s groundbreaking initiative to dramatically improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and advance the organization’s goal to double survival. Designed with a nationwide team of leading clinicians, researchers, and diagnostic and drug developers, Precision Promise’s adaptive clinical trial platform will provide new treatment options for patients and transform the way clinical research is done for pancreatic cancer.

Launching in 2019.


Studies from PanCAN and others have suggested that patients treated with matched therapies selected through molecular profiling have better outcomes. We support the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines recommendation to obtain tumor tissue suitable for molecular profiling. PanCAN offers information and resources related to precision medicine, including the Know Your Tumor precision medicine service, for healthcare professionals and their patients.

PanCAN, along with Perthera Inc. and other partners, published findings in Clinical Cancer Research about the first 640 patients to receive molecular profiling reports through Know Your Tumor. The data suggest that patients who went on treatment that aligns with a "highly actionable" genetic alteration in their tumor had better progression-free survival than those whose treatment was not aligned to their tumor's biology.

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Know Your Tumor-related News

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PanCAN's Patient Registry is a global online database created to look for patterns in treatments, side effect management and diagnostics that will lead to improved treatment options and outcomes for patients.

De-identified patient health data provides researchers with crucial details that will help them make discoveries. PanCAN encourages patients to share their health data with trusted parties such as the Patient Registry.

Are you a researcher or healthcare professional with questions about the patient experience? Partner with PanCAN to answer research questions you may have.

According to our registry data, nausea is the best managed symptom or side effect pancreatic cancer patients experience. But fatigue, pain and depression are generally unmanaged. These results, which were shared at the 2019 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, underscore the need for the healthcare community to address and manage these symptoms to improve patient lives.

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Patient Registry-related News

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Pancreatic cancer patients who participate in clinical research have better outcomes. Clinical trials can advance research and improve treatment options. PanCAN offers clinical trials information personalized for you and your patients, and our Clinical Trial Finder provides free access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of pancreatic cancer clinical trials in the United States.

At the 2019 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, PanCAN contributed to a poster evaluating how many patients search for clinical trials after having received two or more previous treatment regimens. We found that 31 percent of patients who used our database to search for clinical trials in 2018 were looking for their third (or more) treatment option. This number is up from 25 percent from 2016, suggesting that more patients are considering clinical trial enrollment later in their treatment journey.

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Our Published Research

As part of PanCAN's strategic approach to increase survival, our Scientific and Medical Affairs team conducts independent and collaborative research to drive progress and improve patients' lives.

"We do not stand on the sidelines. We are working with researchers to make real progress for patients."

— Lynn Matrisian, PhD, MBA, Chief Science Officer

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Evaluation of Research Grants Program

Every two years, we thoroughly evaluate our research grants program to assess its effectiveness in building a comprehensive research community and moving the science toward a cure. Read more about the impact of the PanCAN research grants program.

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Research Grants Database

PanCAN launched its Research Grants Program in 2003. Search our database to find grant recipients and projects categorized by year, type or topic.

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