In an effort to improve the survival rate for pancreatic cancer and spread hope, NPCF is proud to fund Alternative and Integrative Research for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Mission and Vision
The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF) focuses grant research funding towards alternative, integrative and complementary approaches. We believe that conventional western medicine mixed with alternative functional medicine can produce authentic practical results for pancreatic cancer patients.
Statistics show that pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer related deaths with the lowest 5-year survival rate of any major cancer, at only 8%.
NPCF supports early detection strategy research in hopes to improve the survival rate through the reduction of metastatic tumors. Earlier detection would enable cure through tumor removal before the spread of cancerous cells and tumors to other organs within the body. This would greatly improve survivability.
We support advances in quality of life.
We also believe patients deserve to have the best quality of life while undergoing pancreatic cancer treatments and end-of-life care. Evidence shows that integrating alternative functional medicine with traditional western medicine practices creates complementary therapies that can improve patient outcomes.
Integrative, alternative and complementary health practices emphasize multimodal interventions combining two or more elements of conventional medicine, lifestyle changes, nutrition, supplements, physical therapy, acupuncture, pain management, cannabis, psychotherapy, meditation, etc., into one holistic approach for patient care. Complementary therapies allow the focus to be on treating the entire person and centers on quality of life.
It is an unfortunate reality that many diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will not survive. The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation’s vision for the research grant is to help individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer find comfort, peace, and hope during those finite days. We want to help patients be able to focus on their quality of life and the time they have. It is our hope that they are able to feel well enough to spend time with loved ones and do the things they enjoy.
We believe that early detection and research into integrative, alternative and complementary health practices can make this a reality.