Frustrated fans but a godsend for cancer research


  • Last year, Koh-Lanta candidate Bertrand-Kamal developed an astonishing pancreatic cancer within five months, at just 30 years old.
  • The emotion aroused by his death led to the creation of the “Boor Bertrand-Kamel” research fund.
  • The pancreas is a flat organ located in the abdomen behind the stomach.

After cheating, no participant officially came out the winner of “Koh-Lanta, the Legend” on Tuesday night during the final match on TF1, much to the chagrin of many viewers. But “unfortunately a good thing”, the €100,000 allocated to the winner will eventually be paid to the “For Bertrand-Kamal” fund, which is being mobilized for research against pancreatic cancer.

Few therapeutic advances

This sector really needs funding, because, due to the lack of therapeutic advances, the prognosis for pancreatic cancer remains among the worst (7 to 8% survival at 5 years) and has not changed much since then. the past two decades. same In the case of surgery and chemotherapy, full recovery of the disease is very rare and recurs: 69 to 75% of patients will relapse within two years after treatment.

Pancreatic cancer rarely remains the ninth most common type of cancer in men and the seventh most common cancer in women. “The number of new cases of pancreatic cancer in France is estimated at 14,184 in 2018, of which 51% are in men”, Defines the Inca.

Symptoms and risk factors

The main symptoms of pancreatic cancer are jaundice, abdominal pain, and weight loss, although they do not appear until much later. “Pancreatic cancer usually develops without initially causing symptoms. Also, by the time the first manifestations appear, the tumor is already very advanced,” Explains the Arc Foundation, which manages the “Boor Bertrand-Kamal” fund.

For pancreatic cancer, several risk factors have been identified, such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, some forms of chronic pancreatitis, and family history. “Oncology may be counseled in the case of a familial form of cancer called CaPaFa,” Remember the Inca.

Pancreatic cancer develops from an initially normal cell that changes and multiplies in a chaotic manner, until it forms a mass called a malignancy (or cancer).

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