Atlantic Health System Cancer Care in Morristown is enrolling participants in two studies that investigate whether nutritional therapies can increase the benefit of anticancer agents for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Internationally renowned pancreatic cancer researcher Angela T. Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology and of the Breakthrough Treatment Center at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, serves as local principal investigator (PI) for the two studies. Atlantic Health System Cancer Care is the only study site in New Jersey for both clinical trials.
“While pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest malignancies, we are making progress in both understanding it and in developing new potential therapies,” said Dr. Alistar. “I am optimistic that clinical trials are enabling us to speed progress toward cures.”
One active area that is being explored is medical food/nutritional therapy. These therapies have the potential to reprogram cell metabolism in ways that can potentially increase response to specific cancer treatment. We now understand that certain nutrients are vital for tumor metabolism and cancer cell survival. By modulating a patient’s diet, we hope to deplete the nutritional resources for pancreatic cancer cells and improve patient response to cancer treatment, with the ultimate goal of increasing survival for patients with pancreatic cancer.
The pancreas is a key organ that controls the metabolism. Interventions that change the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells are scientifically sound.
“What we eat matters as proven by emerging science and data in various tumors. In pancreatic cancer this likely matters even more. We have just scratched the surface in the use of nutritional therapies,” said Dr. Alistar. “We hope that these two studies advance our knowledge of how nutrition and diet impact cancer metabolism, to become a new pillar of cancer care to improve patient outcomes.”
The two studies are:
To learn more about criteria for participation in these studies, contact Nancy Ginder, RN, BSN at 973-971-6608 or Miriam Atchley at 973-971-6267.
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