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Bequest Will Invigorate Pancreatic Cancer Research at UCSF

By UCSF Philanthropy Insider | May 31, 2007

Pancreatic cancer is among the most painful and deadliest of cancers, afflicting 37,000 new patients each year and killing 33,000 individuals. Sufferers are rarely diagnosed with the disease until symptoms have already appeared; by that time, it has often advanced beyond a curable stage.

These are statistics that Frank Stein knows all too well. The longtime San Francisco resident lost both his mother and his sister to pancreatic cancer.

"It's a very difficult disease, a terrible disease," he says. "It's a painful thing to watch a family member go through."

Yet for all its cruelty, pancreatic cancer receives surprisingly little media attention. Research dollars are also in short supply.

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