Entries by Ariane Watkins

Acute pancreatitis may reveal pancreatic cancer at earlier stage

Acute pancreatitis may be an indicator for pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage, according to a study published in Medicine. Shaojun Li, M Med, and Bole Tian, PhD, from the West China Hospital in Sichuan, China, identified 47 consecutive patients with  pancreatic cancer who presented with acute pancreatitis between January 2009 and November 2016. Of […]

Dr. Oliver McDonald, of NMF’s Medical Board, Publishes New Study

Metastatic pancreatic cancer — cancer that has spread from the pancreas to other tissues and is responsible for most patient deaths — changes its metabolism and is “reprogrammed” for optimal malignancy, according to new findings reported Jan. 16 in Nature Genetics. It may be possible to reverse the malignant reprogramming to treat metastatic pancreatic cancer, said Oliver […]

Nutrition’s Role In Managing Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms

December 12, 2016 Nutrition, though often overlooked, plays a key role in mitigating the symptom burden of patients with pancreatic cancer.  When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the last things on a patient’s mind may be diet and nutrition, yet these are two key components that medical experts say can affect the outcome of […]

Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

Holidays are traditionally viewed as a time to celebrate. Many people enjoy reuniting with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts, and celebrating religious traditions during this time. However, sometimes people with cancer and their loved ones feel “out of step” from the rest of the world during the holidays. In fact, the holiday season […]

Jamey Johnson’s 5th Annual Golf Tournament and Benefit Concert Raises $72,000

Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) hosted Jamey Johnson’s fifth annual homecoming golf tournament and concert at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 9. Bringing some levity to an otherwise serious sport, the tournament featured activities such as shooting off a mattress, archery drives, shot carts and a ball launcher. The all-day event featured celebrity […]

Jamey Johnson, Bobby Bare and Tony Joe White Raise $42,000 at “Whiskey Bread Pudding” Benefit Concert

Nikki’s friends, Jamey Johnson, Bobby Bare, and Tony Joe White came together in a rare intimate setting, Sept. 21 at the Franklin Theatre, for a night of music, song, and stories. Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) president Rhonda Miles said, “NMF recently celebrated our three-year anniversary and we are excited about our growth.” “Nikki’s musician friends have graciously […]

Weight loss: When cancer immunotherapies are rendered ineffective

Nov 10, 2016 According to a new study, a weight loss condition that affects cancer patients could make immunotherapy ineffective. It explains why the approach of boosting a patient’s immune system to treat the disease fails in a lot of people. Cancer immunotherapies involve activating a patient’s immune cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells. […]

Thanksgiving Meals for patients and their families

Being from Texas, Nikki chose to go home for Christmas and stay in Nashville for Thanksgiving. She started a tradition for her friends with a home cooked meal for “Friendsgiving”. It was one of her favorite things to do and her friends who had family out of town had a warm, inviting place to go. Having pancreatic cancer, […]

PC Symptoms and Jamie’s Story

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be weight loss, abdominal or back pain, diabetes, or jaundice. Physical symptoms are not very specific to the disease and are often mistaken for something else. Patients can even be asymptomatic. The bottom line is pancreatic cancer is hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. Nikki Mitchell Foundation is […]