PROMAP - A Medical Food Research Study for Cancer

For people with pancreatic cancer, xCures is offering a medical food research study.

What is the goal of the research study?

The goal of the study is to see if a specially formulated diet can help reduce and keep at a low level a nutrient that is potentially involved in cancer management. This nutrient is not essential to eat in extra amounts because your body can create the nutrient on its own.

What are nutrients?

Nutrients are things found in food that our bodies need. Macronutrients are things like fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Nutrients are the building blocks of the macronutrients. This study is specifically focused on something called an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.

Who can be in the research study?

Only people who are being treated for advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (pancreatic cancer, also called PDAC).

Why is the research study being done?

Different cancers use nutrients from food to grow. This research study is of a complete diet that excludes one particular nutrient that is not essential for health. By removing this nutrient, the study doctors hope to see a measurable reduction in the levels of this nutrient in blood. It is not known if reducing nutrient levels will help people with cancer live longer or feel better, but reducing the levels of this nutrient have been shown to slow the growth of cancer in mice.

What does the research study involve?

If you are eligible to be in the research study, you will receive complete meals for all your food everyday for three months. Each week you will need to give a small blood sample for testing. If you participate you will receive all your food free of charge and be compensated for your time.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in signing up, please register for the PROMAP research study. Once you do so, the people running the study (xCures) will work with you to enroll. If you’re not eligible for the study, they can also offer alternative treatment assistance.


XCELSIOR is a people-powered outcomes registry run by xCures and the non-profit organization, Cancer Commons. It only takes 5 minutes to sign up. Once you register, you will be enrolled in a cancer patient data registry. This means we will collect and review your medical information and help track your safety and efficacy outcomes as you participate in different treatments, such as the diet study or other studies for people with cancer. Our goal is to help you and others find treatments that work for them.