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Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

It may be feasible to treat pancreatic cancer by using one drug to get the cancer cells to depend on a single source of energy, and another drug to take it away from them. Using two types of drugs at once may combat hard-to-treat pancreatic cancer. The approach looks promising after a recent study successfully […]

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What can we see with an abdominal ultrasound?

What can we see with an abdominal ultrasound?

Abdominal ultrasounds use sound waves to create images of structures and blood flow in the abdomen. These ultrasound images are a useful way of examining organs, tissues, blood vessels, and other structures within the abdomen. Ultrasound imaging involves sending high-frequency sound waves into the body. These waves reflect off of organs and other structures inside […]

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Can the tongue microbiome help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Can the tongue microbiome help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is typically an aggressive form of the disease, with a fairly low 5-year survival rate. Diagnosing pancreatic cancer in its early stages could help people receive treatment more quickly, but what kind of test would work best? The specific bacterial abundance on a person’s tongue may indicate the presence of pancreatic cancer. The […]

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What does it mean to have stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

What does it mean to have stage 4 pancreatic cancer?

The pancreas is an organ that helps facilitate digestive function and blood sugar regulation. When cancer spreads from the pancreas to other parts of the body, doctors classify it as stage 4 pancreatic cancer. According to research from 2015, about 53 percent of people with pancreatic cancer receive a diagnosis when the cancer is in […]

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Pancreatic cancer cells are ‘addicted’ to key protein

Pancreatic cancer cells are ‘addicted’ to key protein

New research finds that the cancer cells in a particularly aggressive form of pancreatic cancer rely heavily on a key protein to grow and spread. The findings may soon lead to new treatments and prevention strategies. Pancreatic cancer cells are ‘addicted’ to a certain protein, new research finds. Pancreatic cancer is particularly difficult to treat. […]

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Pancreatic cancer: New approach may prolong survival

Pancreatic cancer: New approach may prolong survival

Pancreatic cancer is often very aggressive and treatment-resistant, and survival rates are typically low. The authors of a new study in mice, however, may have found a fresh way of attacking these stubborn tumors. Researchers have now identified a protein that is a very promising therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer. According to estimates by the […]

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What you should know about pancreatic cancer

What you should know about pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer happens when uncontrolled cell growth begins in a part of the pancreas. Tumors develop, and these interfere with the way the pancreas works. Pancreatic cancer often shows no symptoms until the later stages. For this reason, it can be difficult to manage. According to the American Cancer Society, around 3 percent of all […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Chinese tree compound helps destroy tumors

Pancreatic cancer: Chinese tree compound helps destroy tumors

A new study, published in the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research, finds that a synthetic analog of a compound found in a rare Chinese tree can be used to tackle treatment-resistant pancreatic cancer. New findings may drastically improve the outlook for people who have pancreatic cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) report that […]

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A new drug could strip pancreatic cancer of its defenses

A new drug could strip pancreatic cancer of its defenses

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a common and aggressive type of cancer, often develops resistance to treatments such as chemotherapy. However, a new drug tested in mice may be able to eliminate the cancer’s defenses. Scientists have developed and are hoping to improve a drug that blocks pancreatic cancer’s resistance to chemotherapy. According to the National Cancer […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Cannabis compound may boost survival

Pancreatic cancer: Cannabis compound may boost survival

Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that unfortunately has some of the lowest survival rates. A new study in mice suggests that one substance could help address this problem: cannabidiol, a naturally occurring cannabis compound. Researchers look to cannabidiol in the hope of improving survival rates for people with pancreatic cancer. According to data […]