About fifty pancreatic organizations from all parts of the world converged to Coral Gables, Florida to attend the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition’s annual meeting held from 7th to 9th May 2019.

The World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition’s purpose is to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer across the globe. The coalition also aims to strengthen the capacity of their efforts to create a powerful impact globally. Launched in May 2016, the coalition has recorded several achievements in their quest to raise awareness and help to enhance the best practices for pancreatic cancer treatments.

During the convention:

  • The members shared their expertise and experience regarding better ways of achieving transformational change for pancreatic cancer patients. They discussed the coalition’s achievements, the global scientific perspective of pancreatic cancer, and the newest best practices used in treating pancreatic cancer and other topics.
  • The founding member of the coalition, Julie Fleshman, stressed that sharing the best practices about pancreatic cancer and learning from other members is very crucial to improving patient outcomes. She implied that the more members came together to share, the faster there will be progress in pancreatic cancer patient outcomes.
  • There was also a live panel discussion about pancreatic cancer science from a global perspective. Various WPCC members served as moderators and panelists of the live presentation that was streamed on Facebook Live.
  • The meeting also hosted in-depth workshops that saw all members sharing the new best practices for treating pancreatic cancer. Topics like understanding clinical trials and supporting patients with pancreatic cancer were also included.

Pancreatic cancer is still among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The predictions about its diagnosis and mortality rate statistics are still alarming. The WPCC member organizations plan to continue meeting to learn from each other and work together to implement strategies that will help to overcome pancreatic cancer.