Entries by Ariane Watkins

After Neoadjuvant Therapy, Imaging No Longer Provides a Clear Answer

The following summary comes the article by Dr. Cristina Ferrone and was published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. The full article can be found here. Patients with a presumed diagnosis of pancreatic cancer are initially evaluated by radiological imaging (Pancreas protocol CT-scan). Imaging provides a great deal of information regarding the […]

FOLFIRINOX or Gemcitabine as Adjuvant Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Article reposted from The New England Journal of Medicine, December 20, 2018. Abstract BACKGROUND Among patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, combination chemotherapy with fluorouracil, leucovorin, irinotecan, and oxaliplatin (FOLFIRINOX) leads to longer overall survival than gemcitabine therapy. We compared the efficacy and safety of a modified FOLFIRINOX regimen with gemcitabine as adjuvant therapy in patients […]

NMF Friends Raise $5,000 from Normandy, TN Event

Ole Tennessee Opry to Celebrate ‘This Time of Year’  Article excerpts from the Tullahoma News, written by Faith Few, December 9, 2018. The Old Tennessee Opry is presenting a Christmas show called “This Time of Year” that will feature performer Mandy Barnett. “This is a fundraiser for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation,” said event coordinator Diane […]

Outcome of Patients with Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer in the Contemporary Era of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

The following study was recently published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery by Ammar A. Javed and colleagues in September 2018. Below is a summary of the article. Localized pancreatic cancer can be classified into resectable, borderline resectable and locally advanced lesions based on the degree of involvement of adjacent blood vessels (portal vein, superior mesenteric artery […]

The 7th Annual Jamey Johnson Golf Tournament Raises $421,500 to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Participants included Dennis Quaid, Ron White, Randy Houser, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann and pro golfers John Daly and Boo Weekley The 7th Annual Jamey Johnson Golf Tournament raised $421,500 for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation to help fight pancreatic cancer. In addition, the Sept. 30 event, which was held at the Cottonwood Golf Club in Johnson’s […]

An Activist and Survivor Shares Her Story

Lisa Eidelberg has been integral in raising funds for Nikki Mitchell Foundation’s “Country Boots Cancer” show, which is donating 100% of the proceeds to the future Pancreatic Cancer Precision Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The pancreatic cancer activist and survivor shares her story:                  I am a […]

How Do We Make a Difference?

We love the fact Nikki Mitchell Foundation has opportunities to plan amazing concerts with big-time talent! You might think we spend all our time producing concerts and an annual golf tournament, right? As our events bring in funds and our revenue grows, so do our expenses. More money coming in means more going out, so […]

Outcomes After Minimally-Invasive Versus Open Pancreatoduodenectomy

      The following summary comes from the Annals of Surgery, a leading source of peer-reviewed surgical literature. Original article can be found here. Outcomes after minimally-invasive versus open pancreatoduodenectomy. Klompmaker, S., van Hilst, J., Wellner, U.F. et al. Annals of Surgery, June 2018 The Dutch Pancreatic Cancer Group is a coalition of medical centers […]