Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine & The Cancer Doctors Fear Most


Dr Oz did a segment called The Cancer Doctors Fear Most: Pancreatic Cancer.  Doctor Oz said that, as a doctor, not many things scare him, but Pancreatic Cancer is an exception because it grows silently for decades and when you find out about it, it is often too late.  The good news is that there may just be a miracle – a Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine.  Plus, learn about Pancreatic Cancer Warning Signs and Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors.  Please help us spread the word and save lives by sending this article to all of your friends and family members!  Also, do nor forget to read about what Dr Oz called the #1 Risk Factor for Pancreatic Cancer.

Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine & Statistics

Dr Oz said that the pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar, and less than 5% of people who are diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer are alive 5 years after they receive their diagnosis.  Usually Pancreatic Dr Oz Pancreas CancerCancer is caught only after it has spread to other organs.  The good news is that Pancreatic Tumors grow slowly and do not turn deadly for 10-20 years, which really opens the door up for early diagnosis.  Dr Oz was joined by two doctors who are at the front line of Pancreatic Cancer: Dr Diane Simeone, the President of the American Pancreatic Association, and Dr Elizabeth Jaffee, founder of the Pancreas Cancer Vaccine and Director of Translational Research at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr Oz: Why Does Pancreatic Cancer Kill So Quickly?

The reason that Pancreatic Cancer kills so quickly after being diagnosed is because there is no good early detection test like the colonoscopy or the mammogram.  The Pancreas is difficult to get at, so usually people get diagnosed when it is too late.  They are currently working on a blood test that will allow early stage detection of Pancreatic Cancer.

Dr Oz: Why is Pancreatic Cancer Harder to Screen For Than Other Cancer?

Pancreatic Cancer is harder to screen for because it grows silently inside of us and there are often no symptoms.  Many patients are not amenable to treatment, and only 15% of patients are candidates for surgical treatment of Pancreatic Cancer.  Dr Oz said that the fact that it is a slow growing cancer actually gives us a lot of hope, because if we can detect it early, we can make it preventable or at least treatable.

Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Life Expectancy After Diagnosis

The life expectancy of a person who is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer can be just weeks according to Dr Jaffee, but it can be 3-6 months if you are in an advanced stage, or even a few years if you are eligible to undergo surgery.  This is why it is so critical that everyone learn the warning signs of Pancreatic Cancer:

Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Warning Signs

1.  Unexplained upper abdominal pain that radiates to your back.  This is often caused by the tumor compressing structures around it.


  1. marilyn says

    I am a pancreatic cancer survivor for almost a year, exactly March 30th will be one year. I was lucky they found it early because I was jaundice and quickly saw my gastrologist and had a CT scan that showed a tumor in my pancreas. I had a stent put in first and after two weeks had the whipple procedure followed up with chemo for six weeks and of course some complications at first, weight loss, food tasted like metallic and alot of fatigue. Today I am doing great, thank god for Dr. Fong from Sloan Getterling Hospital. He almost didnt do the surgery because it was close to a blood vessel. My problem is I feel I have put too much weight on, the doctors arent concerned because they feel everything is working. I weighed about 115 pounds after surgery and now weigh 140. I feel fat and dont like the way I look. Can I follow the weight watchers program or Jillian Michaels diet? I would like to weight about 123 pounds. I exercise occasionally because I am always running around for the family. Can you help me please? My email address is mariannvee@aol.com. Thank you.

  2. Julie says

    I found this article to be misleading, particularly this statement by Dr. Jaffee, “Right now, the Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine is available at John Hopkins University but, over the next couple of months, Jaffee hopes that it will be available in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Ohio – but it is still in the testing stages. ” Basically what the doctor is saying is the vaccine isn’t available. The testing she refers to consists of clinical trials, and these clinical trials will occur over a period of several years as are other pancreatic cancer treatment and diagnosis clinical trials, and the vaccine will be only available to those who meet certain criteria and are able to participate in the clinical trial. What they aren’t saying is that the use of this vaccine is probably 10 or more years away from approval of the FDA, if it is found to be an effective method of treatment upon completion of the trials.

    Another statement is absolutely obsurd “The good news is that Pancreatic Tumors grow slowly and do not turn deadly for 10-20 years, which really opens the door up for early diagnosis.” If there is no method to diagnose pancreatic cancer when it is in it’s early phases, because there are no symptoms, by the time it’s diagnosed 10-20 years later, when symptoms present themselves, it’s too late. The symptoms are generally indicators that the cancer has spread to the liver and lymph nodes and as we know, there is no treatment.

    The bottom line with pancreatic cancer is we are no further ahead in treating pancreatic cancer patients than we were 30 years ago-unlike breast cancer or even prostrate cancer, which has seen improvements in diagnosis, treatment and life expectancy. The standard treatment is only slightly changed from 30 years ago and it is common knowledge that it isn’t remotely effective. There may be plenty of research occuring, but unless some dramatic breakthroughs occur, expect another 20 years of research to continue and little hope for patients diagnosed with this awful disease.

  3. Elizabeth says

    I have been trying to find the clinic in North Carolina every since the show aired in July. Now today I just read the above article and am very disappointed. It gave so much hope to the famiies of this disease. Is this above article correct? Has anyone been able to find the North Carolina trial clinic? Unc does not have it.

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