Pancreas Cancer Task Force

Pancreas Cancer by the Numbers

40 Years

Survival rates have not changed appreciably over this time


Reliable methods for early detection of pancreas cancer


Number of pancreas cancer patients who survive 5 years or more. The lowest survival rate among cancers.


Leading cause of all cancer-related deaths in the U.S.


Leading cause of all cancer-related deaths in Wisconsin


This year, there will be approximately 64,050 new cases of pancreas cancer & about 50,550 people will die of this disease compared to 297,790 new cases of breast cancer & 43,170 deaths (NIH).

Research & Training

Advancing Pancreas Cancer Research

Pancreas cancer is so big, so impersonal and so often dismally decisive. In order to change the dire statistics of pancreas cancer, new information and insights are needed to translate research initiatives into significant improvements.

The UW Carbone is committed to investing in cutting-edge research and recruitment of talented scientists to bring innovative new ideas to prevention, early diagnosis and treatments options.

Learn about Current Pancreas Cancer Research at UWCCC 


Increasing & Diversifying Training Opportunities

  • Foster career mentoring with pre- & post-doctoral students, encouraging focus on pancreas cancer research
  • Recruit & retain high-quality faculty & staff & help develop individuals as leaders in their fields
  • Provide more education & training for clinical staff who care for patients & their families
  • Emphasize diversity in hiring in mentorship programs
  • Create a pipeline for youth to have careers in oncology
  • Learn about the ARISE (Advancing Research in Science with Equity) Summer Internship here at UW Carbone.

How to Make a Difference


Mark your calendars for upcoming Task Force community events. Our signature event, Roll & Stroll, is hosted annually in August.

Give Now

Support the mission of the Pancreas Cancer Task Force by donating to support new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

In the News

Keep up to date with timely pancreas cancer news or stroll through memory lane.

More information

If you’d like more information about the Pancreas Cancer Task Force, please contact:

Sofia Refetoff, PhD
Pancreas Cancer Outreach Program Manager

Paige Zezulka
Pancreas Cancer Outreach Specialist