Pancreatic Cancer : The Most Effective Form Of Treatment For Patients

3330 Words Nov 20th, 2014 14 Pages
SPECIFIC AIMS:
Pancreatic Cancer is currently one of the deadliest cancers in the world. In the United States alone, Pancreatic Cancer was the fourth leading cause of death among males and third in females causing 19,480 and 24,530 deaths respectively (Siegel et al., 2013). It has a five year survival rate of less than three percent in the United States (Siegel et al., 2013). This is mainly due to late diagnosis, surgical difficulties, aggressive metastases and resistance to apoptosis (Li et al., 2014). Surgical intervention has been seen as the most effective form of treatment for pancreatic tumors but due to late detection, surgical options become difficult to pursue. As a result, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy are the main routes of treatment for patients (Li et al., 2014). Unfortunately not only are these routes very low in efficacy (Li et al., 2014), but have incredibly devastating side effects on the body and the overall quality of life of patients (Love et al., 2006).
The intention of this study is to offer terminal pancreatic cancer patients a supplementary form of non-invasive natural herbal medicine to not only counter the effects of the cancer but to also improve Quality of Life for patients on chemotherapy drugs and radiotherapy. The purpose of this grant application is to gain funding for that first step study into the effects of Herbal medicine or Natural Supplements in combination with traditional approaches of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. The study will be…
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