Pancreatic Cancer

Research shows effectiveness of Pancreatic Cancer Drug in Trials

Researchers have invented a new drug for treating pancreatic cancer, which also showed promising initial results.

Radiation and the chemotherapy drug gemcitabine, which are the standard treatment for pancreatic cancer, both work by causing damage to DNA. But pancreatic cancer has a way of repairing that damage, which limits how effective these therapies can be.

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Pancreatic cancer identified as 4 different diseases

Pancreatic cancer identified as 4 different diseases Washington D. C, Feb 25 : A recent research has identified that pancreatic cancer is not one, but four diseases, each with different genetic triggers and survival rates, paving the way for more accurate diagnoses and treatments.

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Pancreatic cancer detection could be just a blood test away

Pancreatic CancerWashington, Oct 29 - A new research has found that a simple blood test might help diagnose pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease.

Murray Korc, M. D. at Indiana University, has found that several microRNAs - small RNA molecules-circulate at high levels in the blood of pancreatic cancer patients.

New method to accurately diagnose pancreatic cancer

New method to accurately diagnose pancreatic cancerLondon, March 22 : The dreaded pancreatic cancer, which is often detected at a late stage resulting in poor prognosis and limited treatment options, may now be nipped in the bud.

Researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg have developed a method which identifies the cancer’s visible precursors with 97 percent certainty.

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Can ancient Chinese tree extract treat pancreatic cancer?

Can ancient Chinese tree extract treat pancreatic cancer?New York, March 3 : The bark of an ancient Chinese tree holds promise in the fight against pancreatic cancer - with the potential to make inroads against several more variants of the disease.

Led by an Indian-origin scientist, a team at University of Texas' (UT) Health Science Centre has already explored the use of extract from the Amur cork tree's bark in treating prostate cancer.

Smoking tied to early onset of pancreatic cancer

Smoking tied to early onset of pancreatic cancerWashington, October 1 : Those who smoke and drink heavily may are likelier to develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than those who don''t, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that heavy smokers with pancreatic cancer were diagnosed around age 62 and heavy drinkers at age 61 – almost a decade earlier than the average age of 72.

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Mouth bugs may double pancreatic cancer risks: Study

Mouth bugs may double pancreatic cancer risks: StudyWashington, Sep 19 - Oral bugs may double risks of pancreatic cancer, an extremely lethal and difficult condition to detect, one which last year snuffed out Apple icon Steve Jobs fairly early.

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Potential therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer identified

London, July 2 : After detailed analysis of genes expressed in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) -- cells that break off from solid tumors and travel through the bloodstream -- scientists have identified a potential treatment target in metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center investigators have described finding increased expression of WNT2, a member of a known family of oncogenes, in CTCs from a mouse model of the deadly tumor and from human patients.

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High-fat food hastens pancreatic cancer, says study

High-fat food hastens pancreatic cancer, says studyWashington, June 21 - A fat-rich or high-calorie diet can hasten the onset of pancreatic cancer in humans, says a new study.

"Our results showed that in mice, a diet high in fat and calories led to obesity and metabolic disturbances such as insulin resistance that are seen in obese humans," said Guido Eibl from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who led the study.

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Scientists crack genetic code for form of pancreatic cancer

 Scientists crack genetic code for form of pancreatic cancerWashington, Jan 21: Johns Hopkins researchers have deciphered the genetic code for a type of pancreatic cancer, called neuroendocrine or islet cell tumors.

The work shows that patients whose tumors have certain coding ''mistakes'' live twice as long as those without them.

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Fructose-rich Western diets fuel growth of pancreatic cancers

Fructose-rich Western diets fuel growth of pancreatic cancersWashington, August 12 : A new study by researchers at UCLA has found that pancreatic cancers use the sugar fructose, common in the Western diet, to activate a key cellular pathway that drives cell division, helping the cancer to grow more quickly.

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New approach holds promise for pancreatic cancer treatment

Pancreatic CancerWashington, Sept 26: Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China have suggested a new approach that may offer treatment options for pancreatic cancer.

It is already known that overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor or EGFR can result in cancer and targeting EGFR pathway as a potential therapeutic strategy for pancreatic cancer has been developed.

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New antibodies may lead to early detection of pancreatic cancer

New antibodies may lead to early detection of pancreatic cancerWashington, May 23 : In a novel discovery, researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University have developed new reagents, or antibodies, that can detect pancreatic cancer in the early stages.

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Too much beer may prompt pancreatic cancer onset

Washington, BeerMay 22: There may be nothing more refreshing downing chilled bottles of beer on a summer afternoon, but you had better be careful about the amount of the drink you guzzle, for a new study suggests that too much beer can actually speed up the onset of pancreatic cancer.

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Traditional herbal medicine may help fight pancreatic cancer

Washington, Pancreatic CancerMay 20: Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia have found that a herb used in traditional medicine by many Middle Eastern countries might help in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

They found that thymoquinone, an extract of nigella sativa seed oil, blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the cells by enhancing the process of programmed cell death.

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Blood pressure drugs may help prevent pancreatic cancer spread

Washington, April 15: RPancreatic Canceresearchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that a blood pressure-lowering drug called an angiotensin receptor blocker inhibits pancreatic cancer cell growth and causes cell death.

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Red wine antioxidant may help destroy pancreatic cancer

Washington, Mar 26: Red WineResearchers already know that a glass or two of red wine a day is good for the heart. Now, they’ve found that a naturally occurring antioxidant in grape and wine can help destroy pancreatic cancer cells.

Boffins at University of Rochester Medical Center have found that resveratrol, the natural antioxidant, can help destroy cancer cells by reaching and crippling the mitochondria, the cell's core energy source.

The study also showed that a combination of pre-treating cancer cells with resveratrol and then irradiating them induces apoptosis, a type of cell death important in cancer therapy.

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Protein find brings pancreatic cancer vaccine closer to reality

Washington, Feb 16: Pancreatic CancerResearchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have discovered that mesothelin, a protein that promotes pancreatic cancer, could provide a new vaccine against the deadly disease.

They found that when engineered on virus-like particles, mesothelin lowered tumour growth in mice.

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Small tumours linked to higher likelihood of surviving pancreatic cancer

Washington, Jan 29: Pancreatic CancerA recent study, led by an Indian researcher, has revealed that the chances of surviving pancreatic cancer significantly increases if the tumours are smallest.

Dr Banke Aggarwal, Associate Professor of gastroenterology at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, found that smaller the tumour, the better are the chances of survival.

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