A website to provide support for people who have or have had any type of cancer, for their caregivers and for their family members.


  1. Searching for Clinical Trial Results [PubMed]

    PubMed's clinical trials search is really quite fantastic. I wish I'd known about it earlier, it would have saved me a lot of search time over using google scholar, as outlined in a previous posting.

    1) Navigate on over to the PubMed home page. Click on the "Clinical Queries" that I have highlighted below.
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    2) This will bring you to the PubMed Clinical Queries page. Type in the type of cancer. As you type, suggestions will ...
  2. For Today's Patients

    Time for a little rant about cancer research.

    I would like to see more research devoted towards helping today's cancer patients.

    Not for early detection - we already got it.
    Not for prevention - we already got it.
    Not for a treatment in 10 years - we won't be here.

    For Today's Patients. The ones going through it right now. The ones whose surviving family you'll solicit for money after we're gone.

    I have two very concrete research ...

    Updated 10-15-2015 at 08:44 PM by ddessert

  3. Advanced/Metastatic PDAC Phase III Trials Summary

    Update: My blog posting has an updated results table here.

    Metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients (PDAC) don't have a lot of good options. Here, I summarize the completed phase III trials for metastatic patients, outlining the basic survival statistics. The trial name is a link to the full-text trial results, except the NAPOLI-1 trial that hasn't fully published yet.

    The blog hosting software for this site is limiting me to 10K characters, so I am posting a full ...

    Updated 07-03-2015 at 04:33 PM by ddessert

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  4. Searching for Clinical Trial Results [google scholar]

    It can be hard to find information about drugs we might want to use and how they performed in clinical trials. Google Scholar is one of my first lines of search.

    I've found that adding the search string:
    median "95% CI"

    (including the double-quotes around 95% CI) to my drug queries help limit the returned hits to useful papers. So, a search for papers containing results using the drug Abraxane might be:
    Abraxane "clinical trial" median ...

    Updated 06-02-2015 at 04:58 PM by ddessert

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  5. Pre/Post Whipple Nutrition

    For nutrition, I suggest a GI oncology nutritionist at one of the major hospitals. This is a nutritionist who is familiar with blocked bile ducts, blocked pancreatic ducts, an impaired pancreas and other metastatic organs, nausea, low blood counts, low iron levels, etc. The gastrointestinal cancer patient is not functioning at 100%. In addition, several organs aren't even present (you probably have no idea how critical the duodenum can be). You need a specialist that recognizes that fact and can ...

    Updated 06-02-2015 at 04:58 PM by ddessert