This event was held at numerous locations across the country so that increased participation raised awareness nationwide. The funds raised from PurpleStride were split among various categories including scientific research, patient services, government advocacy, and community engagement – all to improve the lives of those impacted by pancreatic cancer.
As an advocate for pancreatic cancer awareness, Olympus understands the importance of an event like PurpleStride given that medical devices can support earlier detection of an often-fatal disease.2
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is a procedure that uses an endoscope with an ultrasound transducer at the tip, designed to help physicians see beyond the digestive tract to visualize all five wall layers including surrounding tissue and organs. EUS also enables the physician to assess tumors, determine if the cancer has spread, obtain a tissue biopsy and help treat symptoms of pancreatic cancer.2 Olympus is proud to manufacture and sell EUS processors, scopes and needles used to perform this procedure.