Raising awareness and hope through research, education and treatment
"The other window of opportunity is patients who have precancerous lesions, such as cysts ... if these are found and the patients undergo surveillance, then we can prevent them from becoming cancerous."
Dr, C. Max Schmidt
Md, PhD, MBA
Welcome to the Pancreatic Cyst and Cancer Early Detection Center (PCC-EDC)! The PCC-EDC is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a part of IU Health and the IU School of Medicine.
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma (pancreatic cancer) is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States (US), with mortality nearly equal to incidence. Less than 5% of patients survive five years from the time of diagnosis, and pancreatic cancer is anticipated to account for 48,000 deaths in the US this year alone.
This incidence of cancer-related mortality is nearly equivalent to breast cancer in the US. Surgery can cure patients with pancreatic cancer but this occurs rarely. Surgical cure is possible only when the cancer is detected early. Non-surgical treatment modalities have been largely ineffective. Pancreatic cancer thus represents the deadliest cancer.
While a cure for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is actively being sought, a significant difference can be made today by accurately identifying groups of patients at high risk of developing pancreatic cancer, screening them and stratifying their risk thereby promoting early detection and prevention.