By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new three year, $8 million effort is underway to battle pancreatic cancer.

Stand Up To Cancer is an effort at several institutions around the country to find a cure or treatment for pancreatic cancer. Dr. Robert Vonderheide a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the co-leaders.

“There are six clinical trials that are all centered on the theme of mobilizing the immune system against pancreatic cancer. They all use a slightly different approach and different therapeutic.”

“We are very, very hopeful that the basis for improving survival for patients with pancreatic cancer lies within these ideas,” Dr. Robert Vonderheide. “We’ve garnered together the six or so that we think have the most promise.”

The program begins this summer.