Free Seminar on Pancreatic Cancer Thursday

Dr. Katherine Morris


One in 70 people will have Pancreatic Cancer in their lifetime.  Learning the incidence and mortality of pancreatic cancer will be just one of the topics presented at the upcoming Pancreatic Cancer Seminar presented by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.

Lori Ballinger

 Speakers Katherine Morris, MD, FAC, assistant professor, division of surgical oncology, UNM School of Medicine and Lori Ballinger, MS, CGC, senior genetic counselor and lecturer, UNM Cancer Center, Hereditary Cancer Assessment Program will be speaking. 

This free seminar is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos. The program begins with a light supper at 5:15 p.m. followed by the seminar. Open to the public, the program also will offer 1.75 CE contact hours for nurses and allied health professionals.

In a recent radio interview, Ballinger stressed that “although the public is very afraid of pancreatic cancer, it is a rare disease.” In the same interview, Dr. Morris said, “pancreatic cancer is a challenging disease to treat because there are no good warning signs and it is generally found in the late stages. Unlike breast or colon cancer, chemotherapy agents are not as effective and surgery for this disease is quite extensive.” 

The seminar topics to be covered include:

  • Pancreatic cancer incidence  and mortality in New Mexico
  • Genetic and non-genetic risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer genetic syndromes and genetic testing
  • Modifiable risk factors that reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer
  • Review of current screening strategies and ongoing clinical trials
  • Pathology in pancreatic cancer and the risk of recurrence
  • Treatment strategies ─ the pros and cons

The program is free, however pre-registration is appreciated by Nov. 4. Call the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 662-2656 to register or go online at

Allied health professions will be awarded 1.75 CE contact hours upon sign-in, verification of attendance, and submission of the evaluation form. For more information contact Paula Roybal Sánchez at 662.2656.