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How to help fight pancreatic cancer

Steve Jobs may be gone, but the disease that killed him is unfortunately still with us. Pancreatic cancer is an especially deadly form of the cancer, with only one in five of those diagnosed surviving through their first full year following its detection. Jobs’ ability to persist and continue to work in the face of such odds is yet another way he was one in a billion. We can help others have the same fighting chance Jobs had by supporting research to help curb and cure pancreatic cancer, with earlier detection measures and better treatments.

Donate directly

One way to contribute is by donating directly to organizations dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a good example. It’s a not-for-profit that funds research, government advocacy, patient services and community outreach through funds it collects. President and CEO Julie Fleshman shared her condolences for the loss of Jobs, as well as a call to action in an open letter.

Johns Hopkins Medicine also has a dedicated pancreatic cancer research center, to which you can donate directly. Eighty percent of any donation made to Johns Hopkins goes directly to support the science and education efforts combating pancreatic cancer. The remaining 20 percent goes to Hopkins for infrastructure support to keep the organization running.

Donate indirectly through developers

Some developers have introduced plans to forward proceeds from the sale of their software to help fund the fight against pancreatic cancer. Realmac Software is one such company. For Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, all proceeds resulting from the sale of RapidWeaver, Analog, Courier or LittleSnapper will go to Pancreatic Cancer U.K. All are great-looking apps that also work very well, including Analog, the latest addition, which allows you to quickly and easily add Instagram-style effects to your photos in Mac OS X. All are available in the Mac App Store.

Marco Arment, developer of Instapaper, is also donating all revenue from the sale of his app Oct. 6 ($4.99, iOS Universal) to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The app lets you save text-heavy articles from the web in a streamlined format for offline reading on your iPhone or iPad.

Volunteer your time

November is actually National Pancreatic Awareness Month in the U.S., and you can participate by volunteering to help. Signing up in the U.S. is easy through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s dedicated site about the awareness event in November. The network will hook you up with your local affiliate, who’ll then provide more specific information about how you can help.

There’s also a bill before Congress to help devise a national strategy for fighting pancreatic cancer, which you can help along by contacting your local elected officials.

This isn’t a comprehensive look at your options for helping by any means, but it is a good starting point. Of course, it’s always a good idea to donate to or volunteer with the American Cancer Society (or your local national equivalent), too. Let us know if you have any other ways to help.

19 Responses to “How to help fight pancreatic cancer”

  1. Stwart jensen

    My husband of 30 years is alive and very well today after his pancreatic cancer diagnosis at the age of 37. We were told at the time he would not see his 38th birthday. He is now 55 years old. At the time of his diagnosis, only one surgeon was willing to help us as all our other avenues told us it was too late. After surgery, my husband elected not to have any chemo or any other radiation therapy. He battled for 12 months in recovery and slowly but surely he regained enough strength to go back to work full-time, very rarely having a sick day off. We were given a 1% chance of having anymore children and now have a grand 16-year-old boy. He has remained cancer-free to this day. When he is asked why he thinks he survived, he says, “It’s all in the mind.”

    Stwart Jenssen

  2. Yancy Jone

    I’m very like the MAC.I’m very sorry to know the news of Steve .And I need to capture a circular region for my graphic project, but the capture software on my computer can’t do it. Is there a screen capture program for Mac which can do this?

  3. Dolores Dillon Howlett

    I was diagnosed and treated for adenocarcinoma of the pancreas (not a neuroendocrine tumor) four years ago. I had successful surgery and treatment (obviously since I’m sitting here typing this on my MAC). I am deeply saddened by Mr. Jobs passing and appreciate the article by Mr. Etherington. I would like to note that the American Cancer Society, while making a positive impact on cancer in general, does not earmark very much of its monies for pancreatic cancer. If your intent is to fight pancreatic cancer, I think donations to PanCan, Hopkins and the Lustgarten Foundation would have a far greater benefit.

  4. Nina Dean

    My husband also suffers from neuroendocrine cancer. It is named as all cancers are from its place of origin. My husband’s started at the tip of his pancreas thus he has neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs had a whipple which says to me that his was in his pancreas also.

  5. Dolores Keo

    While this lesser known, fast, aggressive and difficult-to-diagnose cancer has been declining in recent years, thanks in part to a decline in smoking, which is one of the top risk factors, no major advances in treatments or early detection have been made.

    • stop pancreatic cancer

      Delores, The idea the pancreatic cancer is on a decline is in correct. The American Cancer Society had incorrect info on its site which was being corrected. ACS has admitted it used outdated info & pancreatic cancer is actually on the rise.

      As for thew type of cancer Steve Jobs had, he was open about the fact that he suffered from a type of pancreatic cancer. Visit to learn more about the types, the statics & how you can help in the fight againt this “silent killer”.

      • I found it hard to believe PC was on the decline, I can’t believe how many new cases are showing up in my area by nonsmokers, who drink very little, lead healthy lifestyles and “look” healthy.

  6. There is so much controversy surrounding as to what cancer Steve Jobs actually had. Many people disagree with the notion that he had pancreatic cancer even though most of the sources are claiming that he actually had pancreatic cancer.

  7. Janet Burnett

    Why is Mr Jobs cancer being referred to as pancreatic cancer when he had cancer of the neuroendocrine cells. It is a completely different cancer. Neuroendocrine cancer can arise from cells in the breast, lung,thyroid, pancreas, intestines, ovaries, rectum, liver, stomach and are treated differently. To say he had pancreatic cancer is misleading and doesn’t help the cause of people with neuroendocrine cancer who suffer with wrong diagnosis and treatment.

  8. Everyone seems to be thinking the disease that Steve Jobs had was the same pancreatic cancer that also took the life of Patrick Swazey. This is not the case. The cancer that Steve Jobs had was carcinoid, not carcinoma. There is a VERY LARGE difference. PNETs may be just as deadly but it is very different. I know this because I have PNET cancer.