The Johns Hopkins Pancreas Cancer Web site

Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Cancer Web site. This site is a collaborative project of the physicians and scientists of Johns Hopkins. It grew out of a shared passion to improve the quality of information and resources available.

Cancer of the pancreas is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This year approximately 32,000 Americans will die from cancer of the pancreas. The disease is not only common, it is also extremely difficult to treat. For these and other reasons, cancer of the pancreas has been called "the challenge of the twenty-first century." Click here for an overview of the content contained within this site.

Advertising Policy

The Johns Hopkins Pancreas Cancer Website does not host or receive funding from advertising. There will never be commercial banner ads or pop up advertisements on any of the pages that are maintained on our server.

All submissions to the discussion boards or any other interactive area within the website that are viewed by the management and/or moderators to be an advertisement-based submission will be rejected.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology does accept unrestricted educational grants from companies to support web development but maintains all editorial control over the content of the site. Any site receiving grant support clearly documents such sponsorship.


Unless otherwise noted, all material, with the exception of the unmoderated discussion boards and patient/caregiver bio board, was provided by the staff, clinicians and research personnel of the Johns Hopkins Pancreas Cancer Group and compiled by Ralph Hruban, M.D.


The Johns Hopkins Pancreas Cancer Group gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following individuals.

Ralph Hruban, M.D.
Professor of Pathology and Oncology

Elizabeth Hornsby
Laboratory Specialist


This site is currently funded by the Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology.


Occasionally, during the visit to our site, you may wish to voluntarily supply certain personally identifying information. If you choose to provide your name, E-mail address, postal address, phone number, or any other identifying information, it will be used only to provide you with the services that you have requested.

We will not sell or rent any personally identifying information obtained through this site to any other organization, and will never willfully disclose any personally identifying information about our visitors to any third party. We do not collect personally identifying information from our visitors, other than what is supplied on a voluntary basis.

Disclaimer: No two patients with pancreas cancer are identical. The appropriate treatment of individual patients with pancreatic cancer varies greatly depending on the patient's medical and surgical history. The information expressed in this Web page is not medical advice. It is meant only to educate health care professionals and patients about the current status of treatment and research in pancreas cancer at Hopkins. Before making any medical decisions, patients with pancreatic cancer are advised to consult with their personal physicians.

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