Entries by Ariane Watkins

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 […]

NMF Gives an Educational Grant to Pancreas 2018

April 29, 2018 Nikki Mitchell Foundation President Rhonda Miles attended the Pancreas 2018 Conference in Baltimore, MD at Johns Hopkins Hospital to speak about her experience as a caregiver for a pancreatic cancer patient. Also in attendance was NMF friend and 4 year pancreatic cancer survivor, Lisa Eidelberg and NMF Medical Board members Dr. Christopher […]

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 […]