Polly Rogers Pancreatic Cancer Research Endowment

The Polly Rogers Pancreatic Research Fund was established at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center in honor of Polly Rogers, a healthy non-smoking mother of three boys who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009, just 11 months after her diagnosis. The fund supports faculty research in the field of pancreatic cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers.

Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most difficult cancers to overcome because it is seldom diagnosed in its early stages. The American Cancer Society estimates that 270 New Mexicans will lose their battle to pancreatic cancer in 2018. The National Cancer Institute reports that fewer than one in 10 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer between 2008 and 2014 lived for five years or more after their diagnosis. But pancreatic cancer research is yielding new treatment approaches that may improve these survival results and help more people to live longer.