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UCLA awarded Canopy Cancer Collective Grant

We are excited to announce that we have been chosen to help advance the care we deliver to pancreatic cancer patients, by the Canopy Cancer Collective.

A $500,000 three-year grant will be used to collaborate and deliver more coordinated care in the Westwood IPU clinic and ultimately throughout the entire UCLA Health network. Through this initiative, we plan to improve and standardize pancreatic cancer care by focusing on nutrition, palliative care, genetic testing, clinical trial participation, neoadjuvant therapy, quality of life, and patient education.

Funded by the 1440 Foundation, the Canopy Cancer Collective Pancreatic Learning Health Network aims to help cancer centers deliver comprehensive, coordinated care to people with pancreatic cancer.

Timothy Donahue, MD, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the Physician Champion leading the work, along with other great institutions such as UC San Francisco Health, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Stanford Cancer Institute, and nine others.

UCLA receives $5M for pancreatic disease center (Santa Monica Daily Press)
UCLA celebrated the naming of the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases in March 2015 at a gathering of Hirshberg’s family and friends.

UCLA Center for Pancreatic Diseases Videos:


Charlotte Rae Patient Story

Charlotte Rae, familiar to millions of TV viewers, was diagnosed in 2009 with pancreatic cancer.

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Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research doctor featured on "Extra" TV magazine show.

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Dr. Donahue discusses the "optimal" time to operate on advanced disease.

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Dr. Donahue discusses our innovative patient care model at the 2016 Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer.

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Dr. Anirban Maitra from MD Anderson Cancer Center speaks on "Why is pancreatic cancer so hard to treat and what can we do about it?" at the 2017 Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer at UCLA.

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Dr. Wainberg explores chemotherapy options at the 2016 Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer.

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Dr. Randall Brand of the University of Pittsburgh discusses the genetics of pancreatic cancer at the 2017 Hirshberg Symposium at UCLA.

Dr. Mark Girgis further explains innovations in robotic pancreatic surgery at the 2017 Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer.

An informative webinar on robotic-assisted pancreatic surgery prepared by Dr. Jonathan King.


A panel discussion with five pancreatic cancer patients sharing their experiences and perspectives at the 2017 Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer.

Barbara Clerkin, RN speaks at the 2010 Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer.

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Dr. Jonathan King talks about what happens in the pancreatic cancer operating room.


Dr. V. Raman Muthusamy presents on the various types of pancreatic cysts, how they are detected and their treatment.