PANCHA

PANCREATIC CANCER HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION

PANCHA is dedicated to assisting the families of those suffering from pancreatic cancer. As having witnessed and experienced the pains of cancer first-hand from a loved one, we empathize with the difficulties associated with cancer in the family, and we are committed to supporting families through these challenging times.

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION


PANCHA is dedicated to assisting the families of those suffering from pancreatic cancer. As having witnessed and experienced the pains of cancer first-hand from a loved one, we empathize with the difficulties associated with cancer in the family, and we are committed to supporting families through these challenging times. Our top priorities for this organization are that the pancreatic cancer patients we help truly are provided the best care and most respect they can get.

About Us


Two years ago, our grandmother, Pramila Rao, passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. During her treatment, she was put into a nursing home since it was impossible to find someone we knew that would provide her proper care 24/7. In this nursing home, the nurses did not treat her with respect or kindness. On one occasion, she had to wait 3 hours to go to the bathroom as she was unable to without assistance. She waited patiently in pain only to be denied because she did not say “please”.

We believe that cancer patients should be treated respectfully, with their comfort, health, and overall well-being prioritized, so that no patient undergoing grueling therapy has to worry about anything other than beating cancer. We plan to ensure the pancreatic cancer patients we help are given the best care and respect that our Ajji never got. 

What Is Cancer?

Cancer is a disease characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body. These cells can form into tumors, invade nearby tissues, and spread throughout the body via the bloodstream or lymphatic system. Over the past several decades, doctors have been trying to find a cure for cancer.

Once cancer starts growing inside the body, it can create tumors, which are made up of cancer cells. Sometimes, the cancer cells can break free from the tumors and spread throughout the entire body. If the cancer leaves its primary area, it can cause problems in one’s organs; this is called metastasis. Worse problems are known to occur when abnormal cells begin to expand. For instance, if one has pancreatic cancer, and the abnormal cells spread to the lungs. There can be complications within the lungs, but it’s still considered pancreatic cancer, not lung cancer.


What Is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer begins in the pancreas, which is an organ that is positioned behind the stomach. The pancreas helps one digest food and produces hormones. Pancreatic cancer is when abnormal cells multiply out of control, creating a tumor. Pancreatic cancer can cause abdominal pain, lack of appetite, jaundice, unplanned weight loss, and fatigue. If the cancer is left untreated, it can spread and take over other organs in the body. Pancreatic cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. This type of cancer is even more difficult to treat because it shows resistance to pancreatic cancer medicine. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to identify in the early stages, which causes it to become even more difficult to treat. 


Cancer Progression

Meet The Board

We are proud to be led by an impressive and committed board of directors who work tirelessly to ensure that our goals both big and small are accomplished. Meet the members of our board of directors below:

Co-Chairs


Kiren P. Mahadevia

Kiren Mahadevia is a 16 year old high schooler at Atholton high school. He is interested in writing, sports, and music. Through PANCHA, Kiren hopes to support pancreatic cancer patients and their families in any way possible in order to ease the pains associated with cancer.

Simryn M. Rao

Simryn Rao is a thirteen year old student attending McDonogh School. She enjoys playing sports including basketball and martial arts, music, and writing. Simryn’s main goal for PANCHA is to help and educate as many patients and families as she can on pancreatic cancer. She understands that family members of cancer patients can sometimes not afford to take off work to stay with their loved one or can not afford to pay for treatment, so she believes that it is PANCHA’s duty to make this battle somewhat easier for everyone.

Jai R. Rao

Jai Rao is a nine year old student at McDonogh School. He is interested in playing soccer, basketball, and piano, as well as practicing martial arts. His top goal for PANCHA is to create a facility where patients can have all their needs taken care of.

Treasurer


Sudhir R. Rao

PANCHA MERCH

PANCHA MERCH


By allowing merchandise purchases to directly contribute to fundraising for PANCHA, we can join hands in support of families fighting pancreatic cancer. Let's make a positive impact together!

By allowing merchandise purchases to directly contribute to fundraising for PANCHA, we can join hands in support of families fighting pancreatic cancer. Let's make a positive impact together!

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