Together, Outsmarting Pancreatic Cancer

As you know, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. But what if pancreatic cancer could be…

  • detected in its earliest stages?
  • targeted with tailor-made therapies?

Discoveries by our cancer researchers and specialists are already resulting in longer, healthier lives for many patients.

With your generosity we can rapidly transform pancreatic cancer from a life-threatening diagnosis into a preventable, treatable condition. Will you help us outsmart cancer?

You Can Help Us Outsmart Pancreatic Cancer

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Your Impact

Thanks to generous donors like you, we have:

Developed a first-of-its-kind surveillance program for the early detection of pancreatic cancer and its precursors in patients with a family history of the disease.

Discovered that it is possible to prod immune cells to attack and kill pancreatic cancer cells, contrary to commonly held beliefs that immunotherapy doesn’t work for this type of cancer.

Launched a clinical trials program, which is showing encouraging results in helping patients live longer, healthier lives.

The Path to Outsmarting Pancreatic Cancer

Together with our partners at the Pancreatic Cancer Specialty Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, UW Medicine is accelerating clinical care and research for patients and their families with pancreatic cancer. Through a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, treatment, research and prevention of pancreatic cancer, our world-class team is developing more accurate methods of early diagnosis and curative treatment of pancreatic cancer.

A Smart Investment in
Cancer Research, Care and Education

Your support helps us outsmart cancer, including pancreatic cancer, by accelerating promising research, providing exceptional care and training the next generation of cancer specialists.

What makes us a smart investment?


UW Medicine brings together our region’s top cancer researchers and specialists in multidisciplinary teams to care for patients and collaborate on cutting-edge research. We are proud partners of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, along with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s. And, as a leading academic research institution, we share the latest discoveries with the broader medical community to benefit patients worldwide.


Our patients are benefiting today from the cancer treatments of tomorrow. Because we do both research and patient care, we can rapidly apply the latest discoveries in cancer research to help our patients live better, longer, healthier lives.


We’re addressing the systemic inequities that increase cancer risk and mortality among underserved communities. This includes research on disproportionate cancer mortality rates and projects to increase cancer screening in underserved populations.


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Fighting Pancreatic Cancer: One Family’s Journey
It is estimated that 40,560 people will die from Pancreatic Cancer this year. Thanks to the tireless work of UW Medicine’s Dr. Terri Brentnall, that number will not include an extended family she’s been studying over the last 20 years.
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Scientists prod immune cells to attack pancreatic cancer
Results challenge the view that immunotherapies are unlikely to be effective against this deadly cancer, the researchers say.
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Join Us

Pancreatic cancer doesn’t have to be a life-threatening disease. Our scientists and clinicians are closer than ever to making this cancer a preventable, treatable condition. But they can’t do it without your generous and visionary support.

Learn more about our work in other cancer specialties or contact us with questions at 206.543.5686 or