Entries by Ariane Watkins

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 […]

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 […]