Pancreatic cancer made headlines throughout 2019 after both Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and U.S. Congressman John Lewis were diagnosed with the devastating illness. Although curable when caught early, pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms until the disease has reached an advanced stage and spread to other areas of the body (metastasized), making treatment more challenging. However, a new medication recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may bring hope to patients fighting this serious illness and their families. Lynparza® (Olaparib) has received approval from the FDA for use as a first-line maintenance therapy for patients diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Announced in December, the approval follows the publication of results from a clinical trial conducted by pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Merck & Co., Inc. – the makers of Lynparza – in The New England Journal of Medicine, which showed that the drug reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 47 percent in patients whose tumors experienced no growth after 16 weeks of treatment with a first-line platinum-based chemotherapy regimen.