Discussing Odyssey with Pancreatic Fistula At Kosten Foundation Symposium
Dr. Charles Vollmer, Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “An Odyssey with Pancreatic Fistula” to the Department of Surgery at the Kosten Foundation annual symposium at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on November 15, 2017, at 9 a.m. at 956 Court Avenue, Memphis, TN. The annual symposium is free and open to the public.
“In addition to being an excellent Pancreatic Cancer educator and researcher, Dr. Vollmer also has a passion and strong emphasis in care of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis,” said Dr. Stephen Behrman, Professor of Surgical Oncology at the UT Health Science Center. “We are honored to have a speaker that is both active and dedicated to the pancreatic cancer community at this year’s event.”
The lecture will cover a spectrum of issues related to care of those with pancreatic cancer and those at high risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
“We greatly enjoy sponsoring the symposium and look forward to it every year,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “The symposium connects researchers, medical staff, and the academic community to patients and their loved ones, creating a larger pancreatic support network and opening more doors for the pancreatic cancer community.”
In 2011, Dr. Vollmer became the Director of Pancreatic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 after initiating his career at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has authored over 135 manuscripts, numerous book chapters, and two books focusing on pancreatic and biliary diseases. He is active in multiple international, national and regional surgical societies where he has served in various leadership positions.
The Kosten Foundation can be found online at: http://www.kostenfoundation.com; http://www.facebook.com/kosten-foundation; and http://www.twitter.com/kostenfdn.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose, mainly because there are no “definitive” symptoms, but also because standard tests often return negative results. Patients often comment on experiencing a variety of symptoms prior to diagnoses, including unintended weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, back or belly pain, fatigue and jaundice. According to the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates:
About 53,670 people (27,970 men and 25,700 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.
About 43,090 people (22,300 men and 20,790 women) will die of pancreatic cancer this year.
Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US and about 7% of all cancer deaths.
The average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer for both men and women is about 1 in 65 (1.5%).
The Kosten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research was founded in 2003 by the family of Herb Kosten after his death due to pancreatic cancer. Kosten’s family sought to improve community support, awareness, and funding for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest known cancers. The organization has raised over $1,000,000 for pancreatic cancer research and hosts a very active monthly support group meeting for patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer. In 2004, in honor of Kosten’s love of tennis, the Memphis-based organization began hosting annual tennis tournaments to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer, and in 2011 the group held its first Kick It 5K run/walk. The annual signature event has grown to include more than 2,000 participants. Money raised from the Kick It 5K and other Kosten Foundation events helps fund pancreatic cancer research and support fellowship training for future pancreatic cancer surgeons at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In addition, the Foundation presents a yearly symposium headlined by nationally recognized leaders in the field of pancreatic cancer. For more information about the Kosten Foundation, its programs, and events, visit the website at kostenfoundation.com.