GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - For the fifth year in a row, the Green Bay Packers are teaming up with other organizations in the area to raise awareness -- and funds -- in the fight against cancer.
The Packers kicked off the campaign this week by debuting new caps at the Packers Pro Shop. Five dollars from the sale of each cap goes directly to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation to help with research and cancer care, including screenings.
One Bellin Health doctor said he’s seen fewer people getting screenings during the pandemic. “While cancer screenings have always been critical, but it is of most importance right now just because with the COVID going on many people have put off their cancer screenings since early last year. Since last year, those cancer screening numbers have gone down by 90%,” Dr. Sri Guntupalli said.
Dr. Guntupalli hopes the Packers’ awareness campaign encourages people to get back to cancer screening protocols.
The team is set to recognize the Packers vs. Cancer campaign during the October 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re dedicating the week 4 game to show support for those impacted by cancer, including former Packers safety Nick Collins.
”I was eager to be here because I have my own experience with losing my father as well as my mother to cancer. My dad, to prostate cancer, my mother, to breast cancer,” he said. “I encourage fans, everyone, to go out, get your screening.”
“I’ll hit on another subject: It don’t matter about the race. Everyone needs to go. Black, Latino, Asian, it doesn’t matter,” he continued.
Former players also plan to bring this initiative to the Green Bay East-West high school football game on Friday, Oct. 1.
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The Pancreas Center
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What is pancreatic cancer?
Pancreatic cancer refers to tumors that start in the cells of the pancreas, an organ located behind your stomach that helps you digest food. Cancer develops when cells grow in an uncontrolled manner and form masses or tumors in the pancreas, instead of growing into healthy pancreatic tissue, which may also spread to other parts of the body. Tumors can interfere with the functions of the pancreas and cause pain and other symptoms.
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What is a pancreatic tumor?
Normally, cells only divide to form new cells when the body needs them, and the body destroys old cells that are no longer functioning properly. Mutuations in cell DNA can cause cells to grow and divide uncontrollably, or may prevent old cells from dying when necessary. The reasons these mutations occur are still being researched, but it is known that the mutations can either be inherited or acquired during life. When extra cells accumulate and form a mass, it is called a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant.
What is the difference between a benign tumor and cancer?
If a tumor remains in one place and stops growing, it is considered benign. Benign tumors do not possess the ability to invade other tissues and organs. This is why benign tumors are not cancerous. However, they can cause health problems by placing pressure on nearby organs, blood vessels, or nerves.
If a tumor continues to spread, it is considered malignant – also called cancer. Malignant tumors are dangerous because they can spread to other organs and tissues. The process of spreading beyond the original organ is called metastasis: if a tumor has spread to other tissues or organs, it is called metastatic (it has metastasized to other locations). Physicians assign the cancer a stage depending on how wide it has spread.
Tumors in the pancreas can either be exocrine tumors (about 95% of pancreatic cancers) or endocrine tumors (about 5% of pancreatic cancers).
What are exocrine tumors?
Pancreatic cancer can develop in any part of the pancreas. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, also called pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, orPDAC, originates in the exocrine tissue (which constitutes the majority of the pancreas) and is the most common kind of pancreatic cancer (95%). Pancreatic adenocarcinoma arises from abnormal cells lining the pancreatic duct. These cells may form glands, or a collection of cells surrounding an empty space. Unless otherwise specified, nearly all accounts of pancreatic cancer refer to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma or PDAC.
Other rare forms of exocrine tumors include acinar cell carcinoma, adenosquamos carcinoma, and mucinous cystadenocarcinoma.
The information on this site refers mostly to exocrine tumors, and specifically pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
What are endocrine tumors?
Endocrine tumors are cancers that originate in the hormone-producing cells of the pancreas,* the islet of Langerhans cells. Because endocrine tumors begin in cells that produce hormones, the tumors themselves may produce hormones that cause symptoms in addition to the problems caused by the presence of an abnormal mass.
Of all pancreatic cancers, endocrine tumors account for less than 5%. They may also be called neuroendocrine or islet cell tumors. Islet cell tumors affect approximately 2500 people in the United States annually. Some of these tumors secrete excessive amounts of hormone and are referred to as functional neuroendocrine tumors. More common functional islet cell tumors include insulinomas and glucagonomas, whereas VIPomas and somatostatinomas are much more unusual. Nonfunctional tumors are less common and do not secrete excess hormones.
*Note: Endocrine tumors may also form in hormone-producing cells in other parts of the body such as the adrenal gland, thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary gland, lung and gastrointestinal tract.
Insulinomas arise from the islet cells of the pancreas and produce excessive amounts of insulin, resulting in low blood sugar. Typically small and noninvasive, these tumors are benign 90% of the time.
Symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, weakness, uncontrolled shaking, hunger, and at times psychiatric disturbances. A history of fainting related to low blood sugar and weight gain commonly affects patients.
Diagnosis for this disorder requires observation of insulin level as it relates to blood sugar level. A low blood sugar level combined with a high insulin level confirms the diagnosis that an insulinoma exists. After diagnosis, the next step is localization of the tumor, accomplished using imaging studies including CT, MRI, octreotide scanning (injection of radioisotope into the vein and subsequent scanning to record the radiation given off by the radioisotope), and ultrasound. However, in some patients, these imaging techniques are unable to localize the tumor. In these cases, attempts to locate the lesion are performed by experienced endocrine surgeons during an operation and are successful in the majority of patients.
Treatment for an insulinoma usually includes surgical removal of the tumor. Because these tumors are often small and benign, this surgery is curative. Larger tumors may require removal of part of the pancreas depending on location.
Nonfunctional Neuroendocrine Tumors
Nonfunctional neuroendocrine tumors represent about 40% of all tumors affecting the islet cells. These tumors are termed nonfunctional or clinically silent because they do not produce excessive hormones. They are slow growing and may be very large by the time of diagnosis. About half of these tumors are malignant.
Patients often suffer from nonspecific abdominal complaints or symptoms related to the biliary system (bile, bile ducts or gall bladder).
The most common diagnostic tests employed for these tumors are CT scans, octreotide scans, and pancreatic polypeptide/chromogranin level tests. CT scans are most often used to evaluate the tumor in order to demonstrate its location within the pancreas and screen for spread of the disease to the liver. Octreotide scans are performed preoperatively to identify visible tumors and again postoperatively to screen for recurrence of disease. Octreotide scanning involves injection of radioisotope into a vein, and subsequent scanning to identify sites of concentration. Because blood levels of pancreatic polypeptide and chromogranin are elevated in approximately 90% of patients with nonfunctional neuroendocrine tumors, physicians monitor these levels to evaluate patients for recurrence of disease as well.
The standard treatment for these tumors is surgical removal. Due to the large size of the lesions at the time of treatment, almost all patients require removal of part of the pancreas, depending on the location of the tumor. Tumors located in the tail of the pancreas require partial removal of the pancreas. In many cases, this can be done while preserving the spleen, and in some cases minimally invasive techniques may be employed. Tumors located in the head of the pancreas may require the removal of the head of the pancreas along with the duodenum.
Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm of the Pancreas (IPMN)
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Packers, Bellin Health, Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation kick off Packers vs. Cancer campaign
This October, the Green Bay Packers, Bellin Health and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation are teaming up and inviting fans to take part in the Packers Vs. Cancer campaign. For the fifth straight year, the initiative is aimed at raising awareness of all cancers, raising funds for research and cancer care and reminding fans that early screenings save lives.
"Cancer impacts the lives of many families in our community, and we're proud to show our support to them through the Packers Vs. Cancer campaign," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "We're pleased to partner once again with Bellin Health and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation to remind fans to get screened, to raise funds for critical cancer research and to help those fighting cancer."
The Packers kicked off the campaign this week at the Packers Pro Shop by debuting two new Packers Vs. Cancer New Era hats: a black cap and a black and green winter knit hat, both of which have a Packers logo on the front and Packers Vs. Cancer logo on the side. The hats are available now, both in-store and online, with $5 from each hat sale going directly to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Shoppers at the Packers Pro Shop can also take part in the Packers Vs. Cancer effort by helping raise funds for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation by adding $1 or more to their purchase, starting now through the month of October. Those who donate will help contribute to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation's ongoing cancer research programs.
The team is set to recognize the campaign during the Sunday, Oct. 3, game against Pittsburgh. The game is presented by Bellin Health, and fans attending will receive a Packers Vs. Cancer banner to show their support for those facing cancer. The game will also honor cancer survivors and those who have been touched by cancer in a variety of ways, with video board features highlighting the experiences of several Packers players, alumni and coaches.
Packers alumni and Packers Hall of Famer Nick Collins is also taking part in the Packers Vs. Cancer campaign as a spokesperson this year, and he shared the story of his family's experience with cancer at Thursday's press conference kicking off the campaign. His story will also be shared on the video boards at Lambeau Field during the game and in a video on packers.com during the month of October.
"Nationwide, missed screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic number in the millions, and those missed screenings have real long-term implications for the lives and livelihoods of people here in our region and across the United States," said Bellin Health President & CEO Chris Woleske. "We know early screening saves lives, and we are proud to partner with the Packers and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation to share this critical message. Get screened, and tell your loved ones to get screened. You could save a life."
Former Packers players will also bring the Packers Vs. Cancer initiative to the high school level by visiting with fans at the historic matchup between Green Bay West High School and Green Bay East High School on Friday, Oct. 1. Community members are invited to the game, and rally towels and t-shirts will be for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Named for the legendary Packers coach, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation is dedicated to winning the battle against cancer by funding advancements in cancer research and compassionate care. In the first four years of the Packers Vs. Cancer initiative, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has directed the funds raised toward a variety of programs, including pediatric care research and childhood cancer treatments, programs for women cancer survivors and developing therapies for leukemia.
"Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation furthers our mission of preventing cancer, providing the best care to those fighting it, and finding a cure with the help of our partnership with the Green Bay Packers and Bellin Health," said Ben Haas, board member with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. "We are able to raise more funds and awareness for cancer research when we come together as a team."
For more information about Packers Vs. Cancer, please visit packers.com/community/packers-vs-cancer.
Causes & Risk Factors
Third Degree Relatives - First cousins, great-aunts and uncles
An inherited genetic variation in DNA that you are born with
Second Degree Relatives - Aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces and nephews
First Degree relatives - Blood relatives in your immediate family: parents, children, and siblings
This is an experimental type of treatment. It is a medication made of killed or weakened cells, organisms or manufactured materials, which is used to boost the body's immune system. Ideally, this will allow the body to fight and kill the cancer cells more effectively. Vaccines include whole killed cancer cells or specific proteins from the cancer.
Also known as a pancreatoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure is the surgery typically performed to remove cancers of the head of the pancreas (the part of the pancreas on the right side of your body). It typically involves the surgical removal of the head of the pancreas, a portion of the duodenum and a portion of the bile ducts.
The part of the pancreas that bends backwards, hooking around two very important blood vessels, the superior mesenteric artery and vein. The word "uncinate" comes from the word uncus which means "hook."
Unable to be surgically removed. This usually means that the cancer has spread beyond the areas that can be removed surgically.
This term simply refers to a "mass" or neoplasm. For example, a collection of pus is a tumor. This is a general term that can refer to either benign or malignant growths.
A painless procedure in which high frequency sound waves are used to generate pictures of the inside of the body. An ultrasound devise can be placed at the end of a scope, and the scope inserted into the duodenum, providing very detailed pictures of the pancreas. This is called "endoscopic ultrasound."
A clot within the blood vessels. It may occlude (block) the vessel or may be attached to the wall of the vessel without blocking the blood flow.
An inflammation of the veins accompanied by thrombus formation. It is sometimes referred to as Trousseau's sign.
Excessive amounts of fat in the stool. Sometimes this can appear as an oil slick on top of the toilet water after the patient has had a bowel movement. It can be a sign that the pancreas isn't functioning well.
A slender hollow tube inserted into the body to relieve a blockage. For example, pancreas cancers often grow into the bile duct as the bile duct passes through the pancreas. This can block the flow of bile and cause the patient to become jaundiced. In these cases the flow of bile can be reestablished by placing a stent into the bile duct, through the area of blockage.
The long thin part of gland in the left part of abdomen, near the spleen.
A maroon colored, rounded organ in the upper left part of the abdomen, near the tail of the pancreas. This organ is part of your immune system and filters the lymph and blood in your body. It is often removed during the distal pancreatectomy surgical procedure.
A flat, scale-like cell. Although most pancreatic cancers look like ducts under the microscope, a small fraction look like squamous cells.
A classification system that is used to describe the extent of disease. Clinicians use it to predict the likely survival of a patient.
An infection of the blood. This can be life-threatening and is often treated with antibiotics.
A long (20 foot) tube that stretches from the stomach to the large intestine. It helps absorb nutrients from food as the food is transported to the large intestine. There are three sections: the duodenum, the jejunum and the ileum. Due to its proximity to the pancreas, the duodenum is the section of the small intestine most often affected by pancreatic cancer.
The use of high-energy waves similar to x-rays to treat a cancer. Radiation therapy is usually used to treat a local area of disease and often is given in combination with chemotherapy.
Able to be removed surgically. Usually this means that the cancer is confined to areas typically removed surgically.
A malignant tumor that looks like connective tissues (bone, cartilage, muscle)under the microscope. Sarcomas are extremely rare in the pancreas.
A cancer in the organ where it started in. A primary cancer of the pancreas is one that started in the pancreas as opposed to a cancer that started somewhere else and only later spread to the pancreas.
A forecast for the probable outcome of a disease based on the experience of large numbers of other patients with similar stage disease. Importantly, making a prognosis is not an exact science. Some patients with poor prognosis beat the odds and live longer than anyone would have predicted. Steve Dunn's Cancer Guide has an excellent article on statistics and prognoses and stories of other cancer patients.
A thick ring of muscle (a sphincter) between the stomach and duodenum. This sphincter helps control the release of the stomach contents into the small intestine.
A medical doctor specially trained to study disease processes. Pathologists make the microscopic diagnosis that is used to establish the diagnosis of cancer.
Around the ampulla of Vater in the duodenum. The peri-ampullary region is comprised of 4 structures; the ampulla, the duodenum, the bile duct and the head of the pancreas. It is sometimes difficult to tell which structure a tumor originated in. In such cases the diagnosis will be a peri-ampullary tumor.
The biochemical study of plants; concerned with the identification, biosynthesis, metabolism of chemical constituents of plants; especially in regards to natural products.
An oblong organ located between the stomach and the spine. The pancreas secretes enzymes needed for the digestion of food and it produces hormones such as insulin and glucagon which help control blood sugar.
Any treatment that reduces the severity of a disease or its symptoms. Palliative care is often a part of the treatment plan for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.
A term used to describe certain tumors which grow in finger-like projections. Pathologists use this term to describe some precancerous lesions in the pancreas (intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm).
An abnormal new growth of tissue that grows more rapidly than normal cells and will continue to grow if not treated. These growths will compete with normal cells for nutrients. This is a general term that can refer to benign or malignant growths. It is a synonym for the word tumor.
A medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of tumors. Oncologists often treat patients with pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy.
A surgically created opening in an organ that can also be referred to as an anastamosis. Sometimes when surgeons remove a segment of bowel they create an ostomy to allow for the bowel contents to exit the body.
A cancer that has spread from one organ to another. Pancreas cancer most frequently metastasizes to the liver. In general, cancers that have metastasized are generally not treated surgically, but instead are treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
An alteration in the DNA of a cell. Think of it as a typographically error in the DNA code.
The thin section of the pancreas between the head and the body of the gland.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy that is given to patients before surgery. Some centers feel that the use of neoadjuvant therapy improves local and regional control of disease and that it may make more patients surgical candidates.
A cancer that has the potential of invading nearby tissues, spreading to other organs (metastasizing) and possibly leading to the patient's death.
Normal, round, raisin to grape-sized collections of lymphocytes (white blood cells) found throughout the body. Lymph nodes are connected to each other by lymphatic vessels. They normally help fight infection, but also are one of the first sites to which cancers spread. In general, the spread of cancer to lymph nodes portends a worse prognosis for the patient. There are exceptions to this.
A painless method for visualizing internal organs. A tube-like machine with a powerful magnet generates images of the inside of the body. It does not involve the use of Xrays.
The largest organ in the body, located in the right upper part of the abdomen. It performs many life-maintaining functions including the production of bile. The liver detoxifies the blood of drugs, alcohol and other harmful chemicals. It processes nutrients absorbed by the intestine and stores essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Bilirubin is a chemical produced when old or damaged blood cells breakdown. The liver chemically process the bilirubin so that it can dissolve in water and be excreted through the urine. When this process is disrupted, jaundice can develop.
A primary pancreatic cancer that has spread to regional lymph nodes and/or resectable (removable) tissues. Removable tissues include some lymph nodes and parts of the duodenum and stomach that are routinely removed in some surgical treatments for pancreatic cancer.
Yellowing of the skin or yellowing of the whites of the eyes caused by the accumulation of bile pigments (usually due to an obstruction of the bile ducts).
A technique that surgeons can use to visualize and even biopsy (take tissue samples of) organs inside of the abdomen without making large incisions. Very small incisions are made in the belly and small tubes (called trocars) are then inserted. Gas is pumped in through one of the tubes to create enough space to work in. The surgeon inserts a small camera through one of the tubes and examines the lining and contents of the abdominal cavity by looking at the projected image on the television screen. With specially designed laparascopic instruments, biopsies and fluid samples can be taken for examination. Some surgeons feel that this technique can help "stage" a patient less invasively than with open surgery.
A term used to indicate that cancerous cells are present in the duct but have not yet invaded deeper tissues.
A hormone produced by the endocrine cells of the islets of Langerhans cells of the pancreas. Insulin acts to lower blood sugar levels.
The widest part of the pancreas. It is found in the right part of abdomen, nestled in the curve of the duodenum, which forms an impression in the side of the pancreas.
A hormone produced by the endocrine (islets of Langerhans) cells of the pancreas. When blood sugar levels are low, glucagon acts to raise blood sugar levels.
A chemotherapeutic drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer.
A green pear-shaped organ located on the right side of the abdomen just under the liver. The gallbladder is essentially a reservoir for holding bile.
Gemzar is the trade name for the chemotherapy drug gemcitabine. It is frequently used to treat pancreatic cancer. It has been shown, in controlled clinical trials, to improve quality of life.
The exocrine cells (acinar cells) of the pancreas produce and transport chemicals that will exit the body through the digestive system.
The chemicals that the exocrine cells produce are called enzymes. They are secreted in the duodenum where they assist in the digestion of food.
A chemical that causes a reaction in other substances, in this case as a part of the digestive process.
A test used to visualize and examine the pancreas and bile ducts. A tube is inserted through a patient's nose (or throat), down through the esophagus and stomach then into the small intestine (duodenum). There, a small probe is inserted into the ampulla of Vater. A dye is injected through the probe and into the pancreatic and bile ducts. X-rays are then taken to visualize the pancreatic and bile ducts. these ducts can be seen as white structures (this is because the injected dye is opaque). Because pancreas cancers often block the pancreatic and/or bile ducts, this technique can be useful in establishing a diagnosis of pancreas cancer.
Surgical removal of a structure or part of a structure. For example, pancreatectomy is the surgical removal of the pancreas (or a portion of it).
These are specialized cells that produce hormones released into the bloodstream. For example, the islets of Langerhans are endocrine cells in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin. This hormone helps control blood sugar(glucose) levels.
Some rare tumors of the pancreas, the endocrine (Islet Cell) tumors, can produce these same hormones. It is very important that these rare tumors be properly diagnosed because it will determine the treatment and prognosis.
A medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of hormonal abnormalities.
The first portion of the small intestine. It is about 1 foot long. It is the part of the intestinal track that comes after the stomach.
A dome shaped muscle that separates the lungs and heart from the abdomen. This muscle assists in breathing.
The chemical in every cell that carries genetic information.
A small anatomic structure. This is essentially a tube that carries various bodily fluids. The pancreatic duct runs the full length of the pancreas and drains into the duodenum.
The disease in which the body is unable to appropriately control blood sugar (glucose) levels. This may be caused by failure of the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin.
A dye, taken by mouth or injected, that is sometimes used during x-ray examinations to highlight areas that otherwise might not be seen.
A fluid filled sac. Some tumors of the pancreas, including the serous cystadenomas and intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, form cysts. Cysts have a distinct appearance in CT scans. They are important to recognize because the treatment of cystic tumors can differ from that for solid tumors.
A small, flexible tube inserted into the body to inject or suck out fluids.
The treatment of a cancer by chemicals. For pancreatic cancer these include: Gemzar (Gemcitabine), 5-flurouracil, leukovorin, taxol, and others.
A way to image internal organs. A series of x-ray pictures taken by a machine that encircles the body like a giant tube. Computers are then used to generate cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.
A cancer-causing chemical. Cigarette smoke contains a number of carcinogens.
A blood marker for pancreas cancer. It is not a good screening test for diagnosing possible pancreas cancers in individuals without symptoms. Instead, it can be useful in following the progress of patients known to have a cancer by measuring how their cancer is responding to treatment.
A dramatic weight loss and general wasting that occurs during chronic disease.
A malignant tumor. It has the potential of invading into the adjacent tissues, spreading to other organs and may eventually lead to the patient's death.
The middle part of the pancreas between the neck and the tail. The superior mesenteric blood vessels run behind this part of the gland.
A green fluid produced by the liver that helps digest fats. It is transported from the liver to the duodenum by the bile duct. When the flow of bile is blocked, patients may become jaundiced (yellow skinned).
A duct that carries bile from the liver to the intestine. This term may refer to the hepatic, cystic or common bile duct.
The removal and microscopic examination of a small tissue sample.
Tumors which are non-cancerous. These generally grow slowly and do not invade adjacent organs or spread (metastasize) beyond the pancreas.
A radiographic technique used to visualize blood vessels. A contrast medium (a dye) is usually injected into the vessels to make them appear white on the x-rays.
The large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart. From the heart it arches backwards and descends into the abdomen where it gives off many branches to supply the organs. The superior mesenteric artery is a major branch of the aorta that can be involved by pancreatic cancer.
The collection of excess amounts of fluid in the abdominal cavity (belly). It often is a sign that the cancer has spread to either the liver or to the portal vein that goes to the liver, or that the cancer involves the internal lining of the abdomen. If normal liver function is affected, a complex set of biochemical checks and balances is disrupted and abnormal amounts of fluid are retained.
A surgical joining of two hollow structures. It is similar to attaching two ends of a garden hose. For example, a gastrojejunostomy is a surgical procedure that connects the stomach and the jejunum (small intestine.)
A condition characterized by a deficiency in red blood cells. This can lead to fatigue among other symptoms.
A condition marked by a diminished apetite and aversion to food. Often results in physical signs of wasting.
Chemotherapy given to patients after their cancers have been surgically removed. It is a secondary treatment given to supplement surgical treatment. (see Neoadjuvant chemotherapy which is chemotherapy given before surgery)
This widening of the pancreatic duct as it reaches the duodenum is an landmark for physicians. It is where the bile duct and pancreatic duct join before draining into the duodenum (small intestine). Tumors in the head of the pancreas may squeeze this duct partially or completely closed. This can lead to problems with digestion and jaundice.
A benign (non-cancerous) tumor made up of cells that form glands (collections of cells surrounding an empty space).
The form of cancer that most people are talking about when they refer to "cancer of the pancreas." These tumors account for 75% of all pancreas cancers.
Microscopically, adenocarcinomas form glands. These tumors can grow large enough to invade nerves which can cause back pain. They also frequently spread (metastasize) to the liver or lymph nodes. If this happens the tumor may be considered unresectable.
The portion of the body between the diaphragm and the pelvis.
A pus-filled cavity. Usually caused by an infection.
PACKERS VS. CANCER
LAMBEAU FIELD – GREEN BAY, WI | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
The Packers vs. Cancer initiative is aimed at raising awareness for all cancers. Together, the Packers, Bellin Health, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation have teamed up for the fifth year in an effort to educate fans on the importance of early screening and detection, while working together to raise funds to help support the ongoing fight against cancer.
As part of the ongoing Packers vs. Cancer initiative, the Packers and Bellin Health together will recognize cancer survivors and the ongoing fight against cancer at the October 3 Packers-Steelers game at Lambeau Field. On gameday, the Packers, Bellin Health, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation will celebrate and recognize survivors during the game through various videoboard promotions. Fans in attendance will be able to show their support with the Packers vs. Cancer rollabanner giveaway, which encourages fans to Join the Fight.
The Packers vs. Cancer initiative, which will run throughout the month of October 2021, features a variety of fundraising efforts, including the sale of two Packers vs Cancer hats available for purchase at the Packers Pro Shop. Each hat sold will result in a $5 donation directly to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for shoppers at the Packers Pro Shop to contribute by adding $1 or more to their purchase that will go directly to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation as well. Those who donate will have the opportunity to put their name on a special card that will be displayed in the Pro Shop from September 23 through the month of October.
Green Bay Packers take on cancer, and fans can help by buying knit hats, bidding on QB helmets
GREEN BAY – For the fifth consecutive year, the Green Bay Packers, Bellin Health and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation will team up to promote awareness about cancer and raise money for research and treatment.
The Packers launched the campaign, which runs through October, by offering Packers vs. Cancer New Era caps and knit hats in the Packers Pro Shop. Five dollars from each purchase is donated to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Pro Shop customers also can add an extra $1 or more to their purchases through October for cancer research.
Packers Hall of Famer Nick Collins is this year's campaign spokesman.
Fans at the Oct. 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field will receive Packers vs. Cancer banners. Cancer survivors and others who've been touched by cancer, including several Packers players, coaches and alumni will be highlighted.
Packers alumni will attend the annual Green Bay East-Green Bay West high school football game on Oct. 1 at West's Del Marcel Stadium to talk about cancer awareness, including the importance of early screening. Rally towels and T-shirts will be sold at the game to raise money for the Lombardi Foundation.
"Nationwide, missed screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic number in the millions, and those missed screenings have real long-term implications for the lives and livelihoods of people here in our region and across the United States," said Chris Woleske, Bellin Health president and CEO. "We know early screening saves lives. Get screened, tell your loved ones to get screened."
NFL quarterback helmets to be auctioned
An auction of 34 signed NFL quarterbacks' helmets is under way on eBay through Sept. 30. Money raised from the auction will go to the Starr Children's Fund. The two extra helmets were signed by Drew Brees for the Saints and Jim Kelly for the Buffalo Bills.
As of Friday afternoon, an Aaron Rodgers-signed Packers helmet had a bid of $660. The highest bid was $1,575 for a Tom Brady-signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet. Bids can be made at ebay.com/e/charity/helmets-for-heroes.
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Also available for purchase are NFL mystery boxes, which include sports memorabilia and one signed item from an NFL player. The boxes are $100.
Bart and Cherry Starr, long-time supporters of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, launched the Starr Children's Fund in 2017 to raise money for pediatric cancer research and treatment.
The Starrs raised more than $16 million for cancer research. Bart Starr died in 2019, but Cherry Starr wrote letters to each of the NFL's starting quarterbacks asking for their help.
More information is available at lombardifoundation.org/helmetsforheroes.
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Former Packers standout Johnny Holland leaves NFL coaching job to battle cancer
San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Johnny Holland, a former standout linebacker with the Green Bay Packers, stepped away from his team to battle the return of a cancer diagnosis.
Holland, a member of the Packers Hall of Fame, released a statement indicating that he's been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and has gone through periods of remission and relapse since September of 2019. He'll be leaving the team Sept. 6 to receive additional treatment.
“In sharing the details of my diagnosis, my desire is that I can be an advocate and beacon of hope for those who are battling cancer to help remind them that we’re all in this together," Holland wrote.
According to the Mercury News, the 49ers wore red T-shirts at Friday's practice to honor the battle, with the letters "I.G.Y.B.," representing "I Got Your Back," plus the initials "J.H."
Holland, 56, began his Packers playing career in 1987 and stayed until 1993, a period in which the Packers began to find their footing and return to powerhouse status. A serious neck injury cut his career short.
He joined Green Bay as an assistant coach starting in 1995 and served as special teams coach in 1998 and linebackers coach in 1999. He's coached in the NFL with Seattle, Detroit, Houston, Oakland, Cleveland and San Francisco, holding his current spot since 2017.
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