In the wake of Alex Trebek’s passing, we take a look at the state of pancreatic cancer treatments and care. Julie Fleshman, CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, gives insights into the increase in treatment options. Plus, how improving supportive care could potentially improve outcomes for patients fighting this deadly disease.
And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, hear how Quin Taylor helps empower patients living with chronic disease. She works with patients to cope with their conditions and improve their mental health.
Julie Fleshman, President and CEO, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nationwide network of people dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer. Founded by a group of pancreatic cancer survivors and caregivers in 1999, the organization relentlessly pursues its mission by implementing an aggressive and comprehensive strategy of research, patient support, advocacy and awareness.
Julie Fleshman became the organization’s first full-time staff person and its first Executive Director in April 2000. Having lost her father to pancreatic cancer in 1999, she has made it her passion and commitment to change the course of the disease. In July 2004, the Board of Directors appointed Fleshman President and CEO. Under her leadership, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has grown from a staff of one with revenues of $228,000 to a staff of over 140 with a budget of more than $40 million.
In addition, Fleshman is the Chair of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, a coalition of more than 80 pancreatic cancer organizations representing 32 countries on six continents.
Fleshman holds her JD and MBA degrees from Santa Clara University and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising
Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.
Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent
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