Entries by Christa Bowles

NMF Raises $7,000 from Annual Online Auction

The Nikki Mitchell Foundation’s annual auction closed Monday, March 25th.  The auction raised over $7,000, sold 10 items and brought in around 40 bidders from 12 states. Funds raised benefit the non-profit whose mission is to prevent, detect and cure pancreatic cancer. Nikki Mitchell, the foundation’s namesake, was Waylon Jennings’ business manager for 22 years […]

Oral Microbiota Mouth Off in Cystic Pancreatic Tumors

Article reposted from Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News March 15, 2019. Scientists at the Karolinska Institutet report that the presence of oral bacteria in cystic pancreatic tumors is associated with the severity of the tumor. The team, whose study (“Enrichment of oral microbiota in early cystic precursors to invasive pancreatic cancer”) appears in Gut, hopes […]

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 […]