Entries by Ariane Watkins

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 More than $380,000 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 $382,000 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 […]

David’s Story

In August of 2017, at age 55, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Five years earlier my mom passed away from the disease so I knew what lay ahead of me. When I met with my oncologist he said, “We’re talking cure, not life extension.” My surgeon at Johns Hopkins said, “We got this.” I knew the statistics […]

Palliative Care: Myths vs. Facts

I just returned from the Pancreas Club 2018 conference in Washington D.C., where I listened to 63 oral abstracts regarding ongoing research. It was a lot to sit through! The final presentation on the second and last day was titled “Utilization of palliative care services among patients with pancreatic cancer.” I find it ironic that palliative […]