Entries by Ariane Watkins

Exosomes may be a key in diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer

Exosomes, once thought to be only cell waste, play an important role in cell-to-cell communication, and could help treat pancreatic cancer patients or detect pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage. Read more about these virus-sized molecules here: Q&A: What are exosomes, exactly? Modifying exosomes to treat tumors Valerie LeBleu, assistant professor of cancer biology at the […]

Cancer Treatment Gift Guide

  Want to do something for a loved one who’s undergoing chemotherapy but don’t know what to do, what to get, or even what to say? I recently struggled with these questions when a friend who lives out of state told me she has cancer and has been on chemo for the last few months. […]

Jamey Johnson’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament and Benefit Concert Raises $270,000

Montgomery native Jamey Johnson’s sixth annual Homecoming Golf Tournament and Concert, held at the Cottonwood Golf Club, raised more than $200,000 to help those battling pancreatic cancer through the Nikki Mitchell Foundation. The event also accepted donated toys for the Montgomery area Marine Toys for Tots. The event’s grand finale was an outdoor concert that […]

“Outlaw Country Jam” Raises Funds for NMF

Friends of Nikki Mitchell Foundation hosted the “Outlaw Country Jam” at the Pendleton County Fairgrounds in Falmouth, Kentucky on August 19th. Those performing included Chris Hennessee with some members from the Jamey Johnson band, Brothersmith and young local talent Ashley Cooper. The day had beautiful weather at the outdoor event and a large crowd attended. The show […]

What is Chemo Brain?

What Is Chemo Brain? Chemotherapy can help you beat cancer, but side effects are almost certain. It’s common for you to have a cloudy mind, called “chemo brain,” during and after treatment. Maybe you have a hard time remembering names or can’t multitask as well as you used to. As many as 3 out of 4 people with cancer say […]

Acute pancreatitis may reveal pancreatic cancer at earlier stage

Acute pancreatitis may be an indicator for pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage, according to a study published in Medicine. Shaojun Li, M Med, and Bole Tian, PhD, from the West China Hospital in Sichuan, China, identified 47 consecutive patients with  pancreatic cancer who presented with acute pancreatitis between January 2009 and November 2016. Of […]

Dr. Oliver McDonald, of NMF’s Medical Board, Publishes New Study

Metastatic pancreatic cancer — cancer that has spread from the pancreas to other tissues and is responsible for most patient deaths — changes its metabolism and is “reprogrammed” for optimal malignancy, according to new findings reported Jan. 16 in Nature Genetics. It may be possible to reverse the malignant reprogramming to treat metastatic pancreatic cancer, said Oliver […]

Nutrition’s Role In Managing Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

December 12, 2016 Nutrition, though often overlooked, plays a key role in mitigating the symptom burden of patients with pancreatic cancer.  When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the last things on a patient’s mind may be diet and nutrition, yet these are two key components that medical experts say can affect the outcome of […]