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April 2017

NCRI partnership launches new 5-yr strategy to accelerate progress in cancer research

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) has launched its new five-year strategy today to accelerate progress in cancer research through collaboration.
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Stroke drug boosts pancreatic cancer survival in mice

A drug that is already used to treat stroke can significantly prolong the survival of mice with pancreatic cancer, according to new research. …more information

March 2017

Norfolk ‘Walk for Mandy’ event goes global

A local fundraising walk organised in memory of a Wells-Next-The-Sea woman who died of pancreatic cancer last year has ‘gone global’ with friends all around the world joining in to pay tribute. …more information

Olivia (9) runs her first half marathon for PCRF

Nine-year-old Olivia Payne from Grantham has raised over £400 for PCRF by completing the Belvoir Challenge – an off road 15-mile run in the Vale of Belvoir in Leicestershire - on 24 February. Oliv …more information

February 2017

Role of rogue protein PAK4 confirmed in pancreatic cancer cells

Role of rogue protein PAK4 confirmed in pancreatic cancer cells

A new study funded by Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has ed the role of a protein called PAK4 in the movement and growth of pancreatic cancer cells, and could help researchers find new ways to tack …more information

Blisters ahoy! Poole man takes on 5000-mile coastal walk for PCRF

On 25 February, Cameron Dean (59) from Poole in Dorset sets off on an adventure of a lifetime to walk the coastline of Great Britain – a distance of some 5,000 miles – in memory of his mum and dad …more information

PCRF founder joins CRUK Grand Challenge team investigating causes of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund founder, Maggie Blanks, has been announced as a member of one of the first global research teams to be recipients of Cancer Research UK’s £20m Grand Challenge award. …more information

January 2017

Type 2 diabetes - or its rapid deterioration - can be an early warning sign for pancreatic cancer

Patients and their doctors should be aware that the onset of diabetes, or a rapid deterioration in existing diabetes that requires more aggressive treatment, could be a sign of early, hidden pancreati …more information

PCRF funds five new cutting-edge projects for pancreatic cancer research

Five research projects with potential to make a real difference to tackling pancreatic cancer have been awarded grants by the national charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF), worth over £800, …more information

2017 sees five new UK projects for pancreatic cancer research

Five research projects with potential to make a real difference to tackling pancreatic cancer have been awarded grants by the national charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF), worth over £800k …more information

December 2016

Bake & Share raises over £500 (and the roof!)

Dawn Dance, from Weston-Super-Mare, lost her much-loved stepfather, Mick Cooling (79), to pancreatic cancer in October 2016, a fortnight after his diagnosis. The speed of his deterioration shocked the …more information

October 2016

PCRF joins National Cancer Research Institute

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has been accepted as a Partner in the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI ) - the UK-wide partnership between major cancer research funders, including government a …more information

September 2016

Louise fulfils a dream and records classical piano CD for PCRF

Louise fulfils a dream and records classical piano CD for PCRF

A medical secretary whose classical piano recordings are played by her surgeon colleagues in operating theatres and in clinics while they work, has realised a dream of producing a CD of her music to r …more information

Abigail runs for her life to raise funds for research

A PCRF supporter from Llanedeyrn in Cardiff has gone from couch potato to aspiring half marathon runner in just 16 weeks, thanks to the hit BBC Wales TV series, Run for your Life. …more information

August 2016

New clinical trial hopes to shrink tumours for surgery

A new clinical trial has launched in the UK looking at ways to make pancreatic cancer more responsive to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. …more information

Fab four achieve season’s fastest Channel swim for PCRF

After an “emotional rollercoaster” of preparations and postponements, an intrepid team of relay swimmers finally set off for the French coast at midnight on Thursday 18 August to raise over £7k f …more information

Rowers complete round-Cornwall challenge

Rowers complete round-Cornwall challenge

A team of Cornish rowers has returned triumphant from an epic 200-mile trip around the coast of Cornwall, smashing their fundraising target for PCRF. …more information

‘Dad’s Army’ take on 100km race in memory of friend

A four-man team nicknamed ‘Dad’s Army’ completed a 100km run in tribute to a fellow dad, raising over £8,000 for PCRF. …more information

July 2016

Blo’ Norton family overcomes ill wind to raise over £12k for PCRF

A family from Blo’ Norton, Norfolk, has raised over £12,000 for PCRF through a sponsored walk and family Fun Day – despite their marquee blowing away just hours before the event took place. …more information

BoMac’nMe raise the roof for bandmate Andy

A folk concert in Thornbury, Gloustershire has raised more than £5,200 for PCRF in memory of musician, Andy Graham. …more information

June 2016

Biking in the buff for pancreatic cancer research

A Leeds man is raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund by taking part in the World Naked Bike Ride in Scarborough this Sunday. …more information

'Nairac’s Rogue Riders' complete coast-to-coast cycle challenge

Staff and business colleagues of property and retail specialists NewRiver Retail completed an epic 170-mile coast-to-coast cycle challenge on 18 June, as part of a fundraising campaign which has raise …more information

Glasgow scientists develop “powerful weapon” against pancreatic cancer

An experimental drug has shown real promise in helping the immune system attack pancreatic cancer. …more information

May 2016

PCRF-funded research leads to new clinical trial

Research originally funded by PCRF has underpinned a clinical trial led by Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). …more information

PCRF-funded research leads to new clinical trial

Research originally funded by PCRF has underpinned a clinical trial led by Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). …more information

Modified virus can prevent resistance to chemotherapy

New research funded by Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has shown that an altered version of the flu virus could be used to overcome pancreatic cancer’s resistance to certain drugs – and improve ho …more information

Modified virus can prevent resistance to chemotherapy

New research funded by Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has shown that an altered version of the flu virus could be used to overcome pancreatic cancer’s resistance to certain drugs – and improve ho …more information

Cosmo beats the Three Peaks challenge for his grandma

Schoolboy Cosmo Gomori (11) has beaten the 12-hour challenge of climbing the Yorkshire Three Peaks, helping to raise over £5,500 for PCRF in memory of his grandma. …more information

April 2016

OBOBs take on Hell of the North Cotswolds cycle challenge

A group of thirteen keen cyclists are gearing up to tackle a gruelling 50km cycle challenge to raise money for research into the cancer one of them is trying hard to beat. …more information

February 2016

Glee Club gives voice to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

Lancaster students have raised more than £700 for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at this year’s annual Glee Club Concert. …more information

Another £1M for research projects sees PCRF research spend hit £8M!

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF) is funding six new research projects with a total of £1 million - bringing the charity’s support for research into the UK’s most lethal cancer to over £8 m …more information

January 2016

PCRF launches world’s first national tissue bank for pancreatic cancer research

The world’s first national tissue bank for pancreatic cancer has launched in the UK, to help push forward research into the cancer with the bleakest prognosis. …more information

New Year’s dip kicks off marathon fundraising campaign

A group of friends from St Austell and Fowey have launched a marathon fundraising campaign for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in 2016 – kicking off with a New Year’s Day dip in the sea at Pentewa …more information

December 2015

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Supporters Conference – thank you (and photos!)

What a day! Our 2015 Supporters Conference on Friday 27 November was bursting at the seams!


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October 2015

Music for Linda

Music for Linda

A group of musicians and singers from Fife staged the perfect tribute to their friend Linda Miller, who died in April last year, by performing a special programme of music that she loved. …more information

August 2015

‘Bosom buddies’ stand head to head in charity fundraiser

Long-term friends Kate Marlar and Tracey Brader hit back against their cancer diagnosis by shaving their heads in a joint fundraiser for causes dear to them – raising over £20k so far. …more information

PCRF research paves the way for early diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer

A combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, according to research funded by the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. The discovery co …more information

June 2015

PCRF-funded research designs compound that shrinks tumours and prevents regrowth

Scientists from UCL (University College London), funded by Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, have designed a chemical compound that has reduced the growth of pancreatic cancer tumours by 80 per cent i …more information

PCRF-funded research designs compound that shrinks pancreatic cancer tumours and prevents regrowth

Scientists from UCL (University College London), funded by Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, have designed a chemical compound that has reduced the growth of pancreatic cancer tumours by 80 per cent i …more information

Corringham Classic and Vintage Car show for PCRF

Corringham Classic and Vintage Car show for PCRF

Kelly Bye is helping her dad to organise a huge classic and vintage car and motorbike show in Corringham, Essex, on July 04, with proceeds to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, in memory of Kelly’s cl …more information

Team GP honours Gary in the Great Midlands Fun Run

Team GP honours Gary in the Great Midlands Fun Run

The 81-strong “Team GP” – which included four generations of the Price family and a dog called Sooty – is on target to raise up to £10,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund by completin …more information

Dobbies staff swap flower power for pedal power

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the national garden centre chain, Dobbies, undertook a mammoth fundraiser during which teams of staff from all 35 branches ‘tag-cycled’ from branch to branch ar …more information

May 2015

PCRF project echoes virotherapy research success

A recent report of a clinical trial which used a modified cold sore virus to treat skin cancer is welcome news, but did you know that your support is helping us fund world class research in this area …more information

OK to Ask Campaign for 2015

Research is key to improving survival rates and finding cures for pancreatic cancer; and clinical trials are a vital part of the research …more information

‘End to End’ pair on course to raise £25,000 for PCRF

As Cornish residents, Ernest Craske and Paul Hirst have seen plenty of fundraisers taking on the ‘End to End’ challenge, from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Now, the pair are setting out to find …more information

Cycling duo take on French challenge for research into pancreatic cancer

Seventy-five-year-old cyclist, Iain Ross, from Dornoch, is embarking on a marathon cycle ride through France with his son Malcolm, to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. …more information

April 2015

Pancreatic cancer cells coaxed back into normal cells

Researchers in the US have shown that pancreatic cancer cells can be “reprogrammed” to turn back into normal cells. …more information

Staff of much loved Warwick boss beat the Wolf Run for research into pancreatic cancer

Almost the entire workforce of the Warwick-based automotive consultancy, Vocis, took part in the notorious Wolf Run on 11 April to raise over £10k for research into the cancer their boss, Mike Everit …more information

March 2015

Whole genome sequencing identifies four subtypes of pancreatic cancer

An international team from Australia and the UK has used ‘whole genome sequencing’ to identify four distinct subtypes of pancreatic cancer. The findings could help improve existing treatments for …more information

Researchers identify new subgroup of pancreatic cancer patients who may benefit from personalised therapy

Around 15 per cent of pancreatic cancer patients may benefit from therapy which targets a newly identified gene signature, according to research from Indiana University, USA. …more information

February 2015

Researchers identify gene that makes normal pancreas cells change shape

An international research team from the US Mayo clinic and the University of Oslo in Norway have identified a molecule that makes normal pancreatic cells change their shape, paving the way for pancrea …more information

New US device delivers drugs directly to pancreatic tumours

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, have developed a device that uses electric fields to drive chemotherapy drugs directly into pancreatic tumours, preventing their gr …more information

January 2015

New study sheds light on why pancreatic cancer is so aggressive

New research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has uncovered a gene involved in driving cancer growth and spread, helping to explain why pancreatic cancer is so lethal. …more information

Miniature pancreases grown in labs will aid research progress

Scientists at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York have developed miniature, living forms of human pancreases which they believe will revolutionise research efforts into pancreatic cancer. …more information

Guest article: My first fundraising year - Yasmin's story

PCRF supporter, Yasmin Bailey, describes her 2014 fundraising efforts and shows what amazing things can be achieved - with help from friends (both human and 'animal'!) …more information

December 2014

Armed virus shows promise as treatment for pancreatic cancer

Results of a PCRF-funded project which combines two different approaches – virotherapy and immunotherapy - show “great promise” as a treatment for pancreatic cancer. …more information

Armed virus shows promise as treatment for pancreatic cancer

Results of a PCRF-funded project which combines two different approaches – virotherapy and immunotherapy - show “great promise” as a treatment for pancreatic cancer. …more information

First steps in the formation of pancreatic cancer identified

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the USA have identified first steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer and believe their findings suggest ways to prevent cancer developing. …more information

Brave Blaby businesses strip off for charity calendar

A cheeky charity calendar featuring local businesses in Blaby is being sold to raise funds for PCRF. …more information

November 2014

PCRF funds new research worth £1.2 million

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has invested £1.2 million into seven ambitious new projects to tackle the UK’s deadliest cancer. …more information

Luke hopes for a knockout night at fundraising boxing match

Luke Tofts, a businessman from Beaconsfield, Bucks, is training hard for a very physical challenge – his first ever white-collar boxing match. It’s a challenge that he’s taken on to fundraise fo …more information

PCRF at the 2014 National Cancer Research Institute Conference 2-5 Nov

PCRF is co-sponsoring a session on pancreatic cancer at the UK's premier cancer research meeting …more information

October 2014

David smashes the 30-miler Commando Test for PCRF

A consultant anaesthetist from Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, has re-run the final Commando Test that earned him his Green Beret some 25 years ago …more information

Rob cycles across 10 countries to raise more than £4,000 for PCRF

In September 2014, Rob Savin, from Holmfirth, North Yorkshire, joined three friends to take part in an epic bike ride across Europe in memory of a cycling friend who died from pancreatic cancer. …more information

September 2014

Modified vitamin D shows promise as treatment for pancreatic cancer

A synthetic form of vitamin D has been found to collapse the thick fibrous tissue, called stroma, surrounding pancreatic tumours, making the cancer much easier for drugs to reach. …more information

Bacterial 'communication molecules’ could stop and kill pancreatic cancer cells

A new study at the University of Missouri has found that a molecule used as a communication system by bacteria can be manipulated to prevent cancer cells from spreading. …more information

Royal Navy officer to re-run Commando Test for PCRF in between chemotherapy sessions

Royal Navy officer and hospital consultant, David Birt, is re-running the final Commando Test that earned him his Green Beret, to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. …more information

Promotions for PCRF-funded researchers

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is extremely proud to let you know that several of our funded researchers at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, have been promoted. Congratula …more information

August 2014

100,000 Genome Project

A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA has been announced today by the Prime Minister …more information

June 2014

Guest blog: PCRF supporter David Orme

Supporter David Orme meets the research team undertaking world class research funded by 'Team Jackie'. …more information

Scientists discover new route to boost pancreatic cancer treatment

UK scientists have revealed fresh insight into how a the most common chemotherapy drug used to treat pancreatic cancer – gemcitabine – is broken down in tumour cells. …more information

May 2014

Ryan B releases debut single in aid of PCRF

Leeds singer/songwriter Ryan Boyle has achieved his dream of producing a charity record in aid of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and in tribute to his mum. …more information

UK study finds new way to potentially halt pancreatic cancer spread

UK based researchers have shown how switching off a key protein in pancreatic cells slows the spread of the disease to other tissues. …more information

US researchers identify pancreatic cancer's “Achilles heel”

A US research team from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington has published a study showing that inhibiting a single protein completely shuts down growth of pancreatic cancer. …more information

Pancreas cells detected in bloodstream in early stages of pancreatic cancer

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System in the US have used a new blood test to detect pancreas cells in the bloodstream. …more information

Pancreatic cancer death rate increase predicted by EU research

New European statistics show that death rates from pancreatic cancer and lung cancer are predicted to rise as death rates from other cancers will continue to fall. …more information

London Pancreas Workshop, 02 May 2014

A number of PCRF-funded researchers are being recognised as leaders in the field of pancreatic cancer research by presenting at the London Pancreas Workshop which takes place on Friday 02 May at Barts …more information

April 2014

CRUK announces strategic focus on pancreatic and other low survival cancers

New figures released by Cancer Research UK show that half of all cancer patients are predicted to live for at least 10 years – a significant improvement on figures for the 1970s, when 50% of patient …more information

Lots of lots at the record-breaking charity auction

After lasting a mammoth 26 hours, celebrity BBC auctioneer James Lewis brought down his gavel for the final time to set the World Record for the longest solo auction in Derby’s Westfield Shopping Ce …more information

March 2014

Charity Research Support Fund announcement

The government scheme Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) will be maintained at £198 million for the period 2014-15. …more information

Charity Research Support Fund announcement

The government scheme Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) will be maintained at £198 million for the period 2014-15. …more information

PCRF-funded research slows pancreatic cancer growth by blocking key enzyme

A research team from Imperial College London has shown that blocking the function of an enzyme known as Hhat slows the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer, by preventing a protein called Hedgehog f …more information

PCRF-funded research slows pancreatic cancer growth by blocking key enzyme

A research team from Imperial College London has shown that blocking the function of an enzyme known as Hhat slows the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer, by preventing a protein called Hedgehog f …more information

February 2014

PCRF-funded study reveals unexpected cell hijack method in pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic stellate cells, which normally aid tissue repair, unwittingly help pancreatic cancer grow and spread in a method of ‘cell hijack’ only seen before in brain and breast cancer, according …more information

PCRF-funded study reveals unexpected cell hijack method in pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic stellate cells, which normally aid tissue repair, unwittingly help pancreatic cancer grow and spread in a method of ‘cell hijack’ only seen before in brain and breast cancer, according …more information

Health Minister backs pancreatic cancer charity Stormont launch

Health Minister backs pancreatic cancer charity Stormont launch

February 10 2014 is a momentous date for Susan Cooke, a nurse from Dollingstown, Co Down. Not only is it the first anniversary of her husband’s death from pancreatic cancer, but it’s also the day …more information

January 2014

Win tickets for the BRIT Awards

We are running a silent auction for a pair of tickets for the BRIT Awards on 19th February. …more information

December 2013

UK team breach pancreatic cancer’s protective wall to kill cells using immunotherapy

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have identified how the protective ‘wall’ around cancer tumours functions and how to break it down, enabling the body’s own defences to reach and kil …more information

UK researchers find potential new treatment approach for pancreatic cancer

Scientists from The University of Manchester believe they have discovered a new way to make chemotherapy treatment more effective for pancreatic cancer patients …more information

Coronation Street actress visits PCRF-funded researchers in Manchester

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays pancreatic cancer patient Hayley Cropper in ITV's Coronation Street, has visited the University of Manchester to look at work being done by scientists to fight th …more information

Courageous Christopher climbs Ben Nevis with collapsed discs

Christopher Williams from Llanelli showed great determination to complete a fundraising climb of Ben Nevis whilst in severe pain. Unknown to him at the time, he was suffering from two collapsed discs …more information

November 2013

Be part of the Guinness World Record auction event on 28-29 November!

Be part of the Guinness World Record auction event on 28-29 November!

With only 10 days to go before BBC celebrity antiques expert James Lewis makes his bid for solo auction World Record fame, the catalogue containing the lots up for grabs has been published for viewing …more information

Dorset golf club does hole lot of good for PCRF

Dorset golf club does hole lot of good for PCRF

Thanks to the magnificent fundraising efforts of the Ferndown Golf Club in Dorset, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was presented with a cheque for £9,500 on Saturday 09 November by the Club’s C …more information

PCRF patron supports Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month with style!

PCRF patron supports Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month with style!

Our patron, Jo Hansford MBE, has partnered with luxury leather goods brand Aspinal of London to create a stunning and exclusive gift offer, launched in Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, from which a …more information

October 2013

Biomarker research could lead to saliva test for pancreatic cancer

A discovery by researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry in the US could herald the development of a non-invasive way of testing for pancreatic cancer using saliva. …more information

New biomarker and potential biotherapy found for pancreatic cancer

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati in the USA have discovered a biomarker for pancreatic cancer - a molecule called phosphatidylserine, or PS for short. Furthermore, they believe that PS coul …more information

Researchers in Royal run

PCRF-funded researchers are not only grateful to supporters for the donations which make their research possible, they can often be found fundraising for PCRF themselves! …more information

September 2013

Plymouth charity evening to aid pancreatic cancer research (crazy shirts optional)

Plymouth charity evening to aid pancreatic cancer research (crazy shirts optional)

The Sullivan family from Plymouth are holding a fun-packed charity evening on 02 November to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. …more information

Rebecca gets lochy in Caledonian Great Glen Swim challenge

Experienced ice swimmer Rebecca Jarre is leading an all-female team aiming to swim the four lochs linking the Caledonian Canal over three days in September whilst fundraising for PCRF. …more information

Researchers identify sub-type of pancreatic cancer and a potential treatment

A potentially treatable sub-type of pancreatic cancer has been identified by a team of Australian researchers. …more information

August 2013

Is there cash in your attic? Lots of lots needed for celebrity 24hr auction

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is all set to benefit from the proceeds of a world-record breaking 24-hour solo auction attempt by the celebrity international antiques expert James Lewis – but w …more information

Immunity-boosting cancer drug being tested on humans

A new type of cancer drug that boosts the immune system is being tested on humans for the first time. …more information

Barclays staff bring extra ray of sunshine to Ely

Barclays staff bring extra ray of sunshine to Ely

Customers who visited Barclays branch in Ely had an even warmer welcome than usual on Friday 2nd August as branch staff held a summer themed coffee morning, selling cakes they’d baked themselves and …more information

Ain’t no mountain high enough for Anna’s family fundraising challenge

Considering she’s already pushed herself to complete a skydive and swim the English Channel just four years after learning the front crawl, you’d think that Anna Gomori, 43, might want to take a w …more information

July 2013

Paul’s mountain marathon

When Paul Armstrong’s mother, Pat, died from pancreatic cancer on Paul’s 50th birthday in April 2012, he made the decision to raise money for PCRF and test his own physical endurance with a mounta …more information

Supporter walk attracts Health Minister

On Thursday 18 July, the family of Scout leader Colin Cooke led over 100 people in a sponsored walk in his memory through the town of Moira, Co Down. …more information

Tri-ing hard for PCRF

A sports journalist from Friday Bridge, near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, has completed a triathlon in memory of his uncle Alan who died of pancreatic cancer aged 52. …more information

June 2013

Singer-songwriter raising funds through music download

Singer-songwriter raising funds through music download

Southampton singer-songwriter Ransford Laryea – known as R.A.N – is using his first single “Desert Island” as a platform to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer research by donating 100% of t …more information

New figures show drop in support from major funders for pancreatic cancer research

New figures released by the National Cancer Research Institute show drop in funding for pancreatic cancer research …more information

New figures show drop in support from major funders for pancreatic cancer research

New figures released by the National Cancer Research Institute show drop in funding for pancreatic cancer research …more information

May 2013

PCRF research presented at top US conference

Dr Yaohe Wang was invited to present the progress of his promising PCRF-funded research at the 16th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy in Salt Lake City on 18 May. …more information

Landmark cancer study shows how pancreatic cancer cells feed their growth

Pancreatic cancer is one of many cancers to feature a mutated protein called Ras, which plays a role in the molecular chain of events that leads to cancer cell growth. Ras cancer cells need large quan …more information

US team sheds light on how pancreatic cancer spreads around the body

A team of US scientists has discovered that a protein found in cells around pancreatic cancer tumours helps the disease to spread to other organs. …more information

April 2013

International recognition for PCRF PhD student

International recognition for PCRF PhD student

Stacey Coleman, a PCRF-funded PhD student at Barts Cancer Institute, has been chosen to present her research into pancreatic cancer at the renowned Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) conference in May. …more information

New approach may offer earlier detection of pancreatic cancer

Research in Japan which measured the level of metabolites in the blood may offer a new test that can detect pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage. …more information

March 2013

PCRF awards £1 million for new research projects

Six exciting new research projects totalling just under £1 million have been awarded grants by the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund – thanks to the tireless fundraising of the charity’s supporters …more information

£1 million awarded for new UK research into pancreatic cancer

Six exciting new research projects totalling just under £1 million have been awarded grants by the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund – thanks to the tireless fundraising of the charity’s supporters …more information

PCRF-funded project underpins new drug development research

Professor Tony Magee and Dr Ed Tate from Imperial College London have secured a development grant from Cancer Research UK to take their research to the crucial next stage, thanks to a project funded …more information

Kirkby College takes on fitness and fundraising charity challenge

Kirkby College takes on fitness and fundraising charity challenge

A teacher from Kirkby College in Kirkby-in-Ashfield is taking time out from the classroom to complete a gruelling 100-mile running challenge whilst fundraising for PCRF. …more information

Team Jackie marches towards £100k target!

Team Jackie marches towards £100k target!

With money still rolling in, the 300-strong army of Team Jackie runners successfully completed the Bath Half marathon and family fun run on Sunday 03 March and are well on their way to raising £100,0 …more information

February 2013

WOMAC supports PCRF as Charity of the Year

WOMAC supports PCRF as Charity of the Year

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is delighted to have been chosen by Women on the Move Against Cancer (WOMAC) as its charity of the year for 2013. …more information

US teenager’s test for pancreatic cancer spots advanced, not early-stage disease

Jack Andraka the Maryland teenager who won both a major international science fair competition and a US Youth Award in 2012 for a dipstick test for pancreatic cancer, is a worthy winner for such a sup …more information

Carol’s musical tribute to husband

Carol’s musical tribute to husband

More than 20 jazz singers and musicians came together in January to hold a concert in honour of Keith Braithwaite who died from pancreatic cancer in October, age 65. …more information

Research sheds new light on protein’s role in initiating pancreatic cancer

An international team of scientists has shown that the well-studied protein Sirtuin-1, known for helping cells live longer, also appears to play an important role in pancreatic cancer. …more information

January 2013

Clinical trial results show Abraxane extends advanced pancreatic cancer survival

The drug Abraxane has shown promising results in a stage III clinical trial, extending the overall survival of pancreatic cancer patients by two months, when combined with chemotherapy. …more information

Discovery offers new target in pancreatic cancer treatment

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have identified a potential way to improve treatment of the most common form of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, which accounts for more t …more information

Link shown between pancreatic cancer and fat hormone

A study has uncovered a link between a fat hormone called adiponectin and pancreatic cancer, which may one day provide a marker for identifying individuals who have an increased risk of developing the …more information

December 2012

Line Dance Club steps up 2012 fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

Line Dance Club steps up 2012 fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

Steps 'n' Stetsons, the Line Dance Club based in the Reading and Wokingham areas of Berkshire, generously chose PCRF as its charity of the year in 2012. Its members – aged from 10 to 80+ years old, …more information

£100 million project to lay foundations for personalised cancer treatments

Plans to transform cancer treatment in England have been announced by the Government with proposals to introduce high-tech ‘DNA mapping’ for patients with cancer and rare diseases, within the NHS. …more information

St Ives’ very own winter wonderland

St Ives’ very own winter wonderland

The Forway family are supporting PCRF again this Christmas by collecting donations from visitors who come along to see their festive display of lights and figures. …more information

November 2012

“Team Jackie” runners set two records – and they’ve not even started!

“Team Jackie” runners set two records – and they’ve not even started!

When David Orme from Bucklebury asked for team members to join his charity run in memory of his wife Jackie, who died of pancreatic cancer in July this year aged just 46, he hoped to enlist around twe …more information

Alcatel-Lucent staff make unusual donation to aid research

On 26 November, more than 50 member of staff at Greenwich-based communications technology company Alcatel-Lucent lined up to make a rather unorthodox donation to help our efforts to find an early diag …more information

Ryan’s musical tribute to his mum

Ryan’s musical tribute to his mum

Determined to do whatever he can to raise money for research into pancreatic cancer after his mother’s death earlier this year, Leeds singer Ryan Boyle has combined his love of music with fundraisin …more information

Leigh is a Tough Mudder for PCRF

Leigh is a Tough Mudder for PCRF

It was very cold and frosty last Sunday morning (18 November). Not the best weather to take part in the Tough Mudder Cheshire event – styled as ‘Probably the toughest event on the planet’® - bu …more information

The diagnostic challenge - you can help!

There is currently no definitive diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer. Because early symptoms are vague and non-specific, it's generally at an advanced stage when discovered. So, early detection and …more information

‘Henfield Hunks and Honeys’ face “Hell Down South” for pancreatic cancer research

‘Henfield Hunks and Honeys’ face “Hell Down South” for pancreatic cancer research

A fundraising foursome from Henfield has faced “Hell Down South” to raise over £1,000 for PCRF. …more information

Sharon is PCRF’s very own ‘calendar girl’

Sharon is PCRF’s very own ‘calendar girl’

The ways in which our supporters raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund are many and varied, but this is a new one on us! …more information

October 2012

Landmark study advocates more personalised approach to pancreatic cancer treatment

An Australian-led study which has sequenced the entire genome of 100 pancreatic tumours found so many different combinations of mutated genes, its authors conclude that pancreatic cancer should not be …more information

Smoking and heavy drinking linked to earlier onset of pancreatic cancer

A US study led by the University of Michigan Health System has found that pancreatic cancer patients who were heavy smokers or drinkers were diagnosed at an earlier than average age. …more information

September 2012

Rachel has the X Factor to reach her fundraising target – and climb two mountains!

Rachel has the X Factor to reach her fundraising target – and climb two mountains!

Tickets for this year’s X Factor final were up for grabs at a pub quiz and raffle organised by Rachel Bryant from Huntingdon in memory of her dad Jim – a lifelong advocate and supporter of youth f …more information

KRAS gene mutation needs help to trigger pancreatic cancer

A study by an international research team has shown that a cancer-causing gene is not enough to trigger the development of pancreatic cancer – a second factor is needed to create a “perfect storm …more information

August 2012

"Pancreas in a dish" helps scientists study how pancreatic cancer forms

Scientists in Toronto have created a tiny, living 3-D organ model of pancreatic ducts to help them conduct research on pancreatic cancer. …more information

July 2012

Sky’s the limit for 10-strong skydive team

Sky’s the limit for 10-strong skydive team

Not content with swimming the Channel last year, a mother of two from Coton has now organised a 10-strong skydiving team to help fundraise for research into the cancer that killed her mum. …more information

‘Mustn’t grumble’ grandmother takes on 32 mile challenge in husband’s memory

Diana Heimann is determined to overcome her own health issues to walk the 32 miles from her home in Coleshill, Bucks, to Oxford, raising money to help fight the cancer that killed her beloved husband. …more information

June 2012

Anti-diabetic drug could prevent pancreatic cancer relapses

Researchers presenting at the Pancreatic Cancer: Progress and Challenges conference hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research have shown that the anti-diabetic drug, metformin, kills canc …more information

US research uncovers a potential new drug target

Researchers have discovered how some types of pancreatic cancer alter the body’s immune system to avoid being destroyed by specialised immune cells. This adaptation allows the cancer to grow unhind …more information

May 2012

Miracle reprieve spurs father to fundraise for cancer charity

Miracle reprieve spurs father to fundraise for cancer charity

A Post Office manager from Chatham in Kent who has had a “miraculous reprieve” from one of the deadliest cancers, is embarking on a 350 mile cycle challenge to raise money to help others who aren …more information

Unique pancreatic cancer molecule could stop tumours spreading

New research to track and inhibit a molecule that appears uniquely in pancreatic cancer tumour cells is being presented by PCRF-funded researchers at a prestigious American cancer research conference …more information

Unique pancreatic cancer molecule could stop tumours spreading

New research to track and inhibit a molecule that appears uniquely in pancreatic cancer tumour cells is being presented by PCRF-funded researchers at a prestigious American cancer research conference …more information

Google’s code helps to identify pancreatic cancer biomarkers

Researchers at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, have modified the way that the search engine Google calculates and ranks the popularity of web pages to identify biomarkers for pancreatic can …more information

New biomarker may be the keystone of chemotherapy resistance in pancreatic cancer

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and Moores Cancer Centre, have identified a new pancreatic cancer biomarker that may hold the key to chemotherapy resistance. …more information

24-hour reservoir swim to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research


A terminally ill grandmother from Netherton in Huddersfield will meet the team fundraising on her behalf for the first time on 06 May, following a 24-hour outdoor ‘swimathon’ to raise mone …more information

April 2012

Research identifies new gene fault associated with pancreatic cancer

A team of UK researchers has discovered a new gene that plays a key role in pancreatic cancer. …more information

Servicemen take on toughest 10k event in friend’s memory

Servicemen take on toughest 10k event in friend’s memory

Brothers Chris and Mark Plumb from Coulby Newham in Middlesbrough are taking part in ‘the world's toughest 10k event’ to fundraise in memory of a close friend who died last month of pancreatic can …more information

Gene’s dual role in pancreatic cancer may offer new drug target

A US research team has shown how a gene known to cause pancreatic cancer when it mutates, also plays a key role in helping tumours to thrive. The discovery offers researchers a potential new target fo …more information

Cinderella to run London marathon for cancer namesake

Cinderella to run London marathon for cancer namesake

Amateur dramatics enthusiast, Alison Mackie from Bramham, West Yorkshire, is running the London Marathon on 22 April dressed as Cinderella – a decision that has special poignancy for her. …more information

Dartford PC takes on London Marathon challenge in memory of father and grandfather

Dartford PC takes on London Marathon challenge in memory of father and grandfather

A police officer from Dartford has transformed his lifestyle in preparation for running the Virgin London Marathon to help fight the cancer that killed both his father and grandfather. …more information

Joanne runs Marathon to help beat pancreatic cancer

Joanne runs Marathon to help beat pancreatic cancer

Surrey mum, Joanne Quarry, is determined to run this year’s Virgin London Marathon to help beat one of the world’s deadliest cancers. …more information

Marathon man tackles third run for charity

Marathon man tackles third run for charity

A corporate financier from Titchfield, near Portsmouth, is tackling his third marathon in a bid to help beat one of the world’s deadliest cancers. …more information

Alice wages war on one of UK’s deadliest cancers in 2012 Virgin London Marathon

Alice wages war on one of UK’s deadliest cancers in 2012 Virgin London Marathon

A 23-year-old student from Bristol is helping to battle one of Britain’s deadliest cancers as she runs in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon on 22 April in aid of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. …more information

Bears helping to fund pancreatic cancer research

Bears helping to fund pancreatic cancer research

As her latest fundraiser, PCRF supporter Rita Prodger decided to organise a sale of teddy bears. …more information

Horsham man takes on double marathon challenge in memory of his father

Horsham man takes on double marathon challenge in memory of his father

A Horsham man is taking on a gruelling double challenge by running two marathons just one week apart, raising funds to help fight the cancer that killed his father. …more information

Cholesterol targeting drugs may enhance cancer-killing potential of chemotherapy

Researchers have discovered that the cholesterol lowering drug, TO901317, increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy on pancreatic cancer. …more information

March 2012

Research identifies accurate indicators of recurrence for rare form of pancreatic cancer.

A team of Italian researchers have identified two strong predictors of cancer recurrence in patients with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNETs). …more information

Protein found to regulate spread of pancreatic cancer cells

PCRF-funded research at Queen Mary, University of London has identified a new protein that makes pancreatic cancer cells less ‘sticky’ and therefore less able to attach to and invade other tissue. …more information

Protein found to regulate spread of pancreatic cancer cells

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London have identified a new protein that makes pancreatic cancer cells less ‘sticky’ and therefore less able to attach to and invade other tissue. …more information

Tales of the past help future pancreatic cancer patients

Author Peter Burke is giving away free, signed copies of his books to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. …more information

Discovery may make chemotherapy more effective against pancreatic cancer.

Two research groups have simultaneously discovered why chemotherapy has little effect against pancreatic cancer and have developed a novel treatment to increase its effectiveness. …more information

New drugs trialled to treat the muscle wasting condition associated with advanced cancer

Phase-III clinical trials have started on two potential treatments for the life-threatening muscle wasting and weight loss often experienced by pancreatic cancer patients. …more information

February 2012

Delays persist in pancreatic cancer referrals

The leaders of a major study into the diagnosis of cancers have called for a much greater research focus on uncommon cancers, such as pancreatic cancer. …more information

New double drug treatment shows promise for pancreatic cancer therapy

Researchers at Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Research Institute have discovered pancreatic cancer cells can be destroyed by combining two drugs. This gives hope that more effective treatments can b …more information

January 2012

Promising new blood test for pancreatic cancer

A promising new blood test for the most common form of pancreatic cancer has been reported by researchers at the annual Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco this week …more information

Report suggests a link between processed meat and pancreatic cancer

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have issued a report in the British Journal of Cancer concerning the consumption of processed meat in relation to pancreatic cancer. …more information

New virus may help treat pancreatic cancer

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have identified a new tool that may help treat pancreatic cancer. …more information

Cardiff University's pancreas molecule research launches

Researchers from Cardiff University are about to begin a five year research project studying a molecule that may naturally protect the pancreas against cancer. …more information

Trace elements associated with pancreatic cancer risk

A new study has found that high levels of the trace elements nickel and selenium may lower the risk of developing the most common type of pancreatic cancer. …more information

December 2011

Simple online test to calculate risk of pancreatic cancer

Researchers have created an easy-to-use online calculator which may offer family GPs a powerful new tool in tackling pancreatic cancer. …more information

Donations to PCRF hit the £1 million mark for 2011

Donations to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in its latest financial year have topped £1 million – an incredible achievement and testament to the huge fundraising efforts of all our supporters. …more information

Protein discovery could lead to new drug treatment

Researchers from the US are one step closer to designing a drug that targets a key protein involved in cancer. …more information

November 2011

Barn dance to raise profile of underfunded cancer

A woman from Goodrington in Paignton is campaigning for more awareness of the deadliest cancer – pancreatic cancer – after losing her husband to the disease earlier this year …more information

Angela’s Nationwide quest for Neal

A woman from Calne is spearheading a local campaign for more research into pancreatic cancer after losing her husband Neal to the disease in April last year. …more information

Nurse Specialist to climb dizzying heights for PCRF

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Jenny Merry, is climbing 5,895 meters up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. …more information

October 2011

Changes in saliva bacteria may offer biomarker for pancreatic cancer

New research has found significant variations in bacteria found in the saliva of patients with pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. …more information

September 2011

GP plans 200-mile fundraising trip down memory lane

A fundraising GP is planning a Forrest Gump-style run around the UK, visiting the towns and cities where he grew up, studied, and worked. …more information

August 2011

New study shows zinc suppresses pancreatic cancer cells

The essential element zinc has been shown to be a potential tumour suppressor in the most common form of pancreatic cancer, according to new research. …more information

July 2011

‘Pancrequatics’ take on the Channel

For someone who only learned to swim front crawl four years ago, swimming the English Channel might seem a little over ambitious. But 41 year old mother of two, Anna Gomori, has set herself this very …more information

Gene test predicts cancer potential in pancreatic cysts

US researchers have developed a gene-based test to distinguish between pancreatic cysts that are harmless and those that are precancerous. …more information

Vitamin A shows promise in 'Seed and Soil' theory for pancreatic cancer

Vitamin A could hold a key to beating pancreatic cancer, according to an international research team, led by researchers at the Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), London. …more information

June 2011

Help me hit my target before I am gone

Though dying of pancreatic cancer, Tony Church inspires amazing support with his positive spirit. …more information

April 2011

Promising pancreatic cancer screening marker found

Proteins found in blood serum can distinguish cancer from non-cancerous conditions, according to new research. …more information

UK wide immunotherapy trial for pancreatic cancer launched

More than 1,000 people around the UK with advanced pancreatic cancer are taking part in a UK clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a new vaccine. …more information

Link discovered between pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have established a link between molecules found in an inflamed pancreas and the early formation of pancreatic cancer. …more information

March 2011

New potential immune therapy for pancreatic cancer discovered

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered a new way of treating pancreatic cancer that uses the body’s immune system to destroy the ‘scaffolding’ around the tumour. …more information

Malaria drug slows pancreatic cancer growth in mouse models

A drug routinely prescribed for malaria and rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to shrink or slow the growth of pancreatic tumours in mice. …more information

Manchester to stage latest pancreatic cancer trial

A new study funded by the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, is using positron emission tomography – known as a PET scan – to understand and assess the effectiveness of chemotherapy much earlier tha …more information

US research offers potential new treatment strategies for pancreatic cancer

New research at the University of Georgia has identified a protein that can be modified to improve the effectiveness of one of the most common drugs used to treat pancreatic cancer. …more information

February 2011

Kidney cancer drugs stabilize rare pancreatic cancer tumours

Two drugs used to treat kidney cancer have doubled survival rates in a rare form of pancreatic cancer, according to reports in the New England Journal of Medicine. …more information