October 31, 2013

November Calendar of Monthly Events

There are two national events in the month of November we should be promoting. The first is one that almost every one in the diabetes on line community is aware of and that is the American Diabetes Month. Most of us are also aware of World Diabetes Day on November 14; however, most organizations in the USA do not observe it as a special day. This is of course the American Diabetes Association, which not only has their own symbol but does not support World Diabetes Day. The ADA still recognizes American Diabetes Month and takes credit for any activity they can.

The other national event is PancreaticCancer Awareness Month. With all the press for GLP-1 agonists and possible pancreatic cancer, this is especially timely and needs awareness. The GPP-4 inhibitors have also been included in the discussion about potential pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most challenging diseases physicians face today. It responds poorly to treatment and quickly spreads to surrounding organs. This is why November is so important: to raise awareness around early detection and prevention as well as highlight current research to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Purple with a purpose on November 16 each year. The symbol is at least uniform and not part of any other organization.

Most cases of pancreatic cancer begin in the cells that produce digestive juices, called exocrine pancreas cells. These cells are located in the head of the pancreas. Other pancreatic tumors begin in the islet or endocrine cells. Early diagnosis and early intervention is the best way to beat Pancreatic Cancer. New York–Presbyterian offers the evaluative expertise to identify early and create the best treatment plan for the most successful outcomes.

New York-Presbyterian specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer. An interdisciplinary team of gastrointestinal specialists in endoscopy, radiology, and surgery work together as a team to provide each patient with coordinated, advanced, and individualized care. New York-Presbyterian offers minimally invasive interventional endoscopic techniques to treat pancreatic cancer and it's symptoms.

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