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Pancreatic Cancer Four Separate Diseases: Study
Scientists who discovered that pancreatic cancer is at least four separate diseases say their findings could lead to improved treatments for the deadly illness.
They studied pancreatic cancer in 456 patients and identified four classes of genetic error that triggered tumors. They labeled the four cancers: squamous-type; pancreatic progenitor; immunogenic; and aberrantly differentiated endocrine exocrine, BBC News reported.
The findings in the journal Nature are "incredibly exciting," according to cancer charities.
"This is the most comprehensive analysis of the blueprint of pancreatic cancer. So this knowledge reveals what makes these cancers tick and which ones may be vulnerable to particular treatments by defining the Achilles' heel of every cancer," Dr. Andrew Biankin, one of the researchers at the University of Glasgow, told BBC News.
At diagnosis, most pancreatic cancer patients are told they have less than a year to live. Only one percent are alive after 10 years, a survival rate that's remained the same for four decades.
"It's just a really tough cancer," Biankin said.
BRCA gene mutation - known for breast cancer connection - can also lead to pancreatic cancer
A new $1.25 million study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society could lead to the first personalized treatment for some people with pancreatic cancer, one of the most hard-to-treat forms of the disease. Dr Steven Gallinger, a surgical oncologist at the University Health Network and cancer researcher at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, has received a new Impact Grant to study the link between BRCA mutations and pancreatic cancer.
High-fat, High-calorie Diet Linked to Pancreatic Cancer in Mice
Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that mice made obese by high-calorie, high-fat diets develop abnormally high numbers of lesions known to be precursors to pancreas cancer.
Molecular marker from pancreatic 'juices' helps identify pancreatic cancer
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have developed a promising method to distinguish between pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis — two disorders that are difficult to tell apart. A molecular marker obtained from pancreatic "juices" can identify almost all cases of pancreatic cancer, their study shows.
Celery Flavinoids kill pc cells in lab
Celery, artichokes, and herbs, especially Mexican oregano, all contain apigenin and luteolin, flavonoids that kill human pancreatic cancer cells in the lab by inhibiting an important enzyme, according to two new University of Illinois studies.
15-year-old invents pancreatic cancer test
“Maryland teenager Jack Andraka (featured in the video above) isn’t old enough to drive yet, but he’s just pioneered a new, improved test for diagnosing pancreatic cancer that is 90% more accurate, 400 times more sensitive, and 26,000 times less expensive than existing methods.
Pancreas-in-dish a first: Can help cure pancreatic cancer
Canadian scientists have created a living 3-D "pancreas-in-a-dish" with the hope of unravelling the mysteries of pancreatic cancer, one of the least understood and deadliest of all malignancies.
Potential treatment target identified in an animal model of pancreatic cancer
Detailed analysis of genes expressed in circulating tumor cells – cells that break off from solid tumors and travel through the bloodstream – has identified a potential treatment target in metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Sally Ride, first american in space dies
Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. Pancreatic cancer is most often associated with high profile male sufferers, such as Steve Jobs or Patrick Swayze, but it is actually the third deadliest cancer in women, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Can antioxidants prevent cancer, too?
Most of us have heard that antioxidants can help lower the risk of a myriad of health problems such as heart disease, certain cancers, cataracts, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidant nutrients – vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and selenium – are thought to inactivate free radicals, toxic byproducts of normal cell metabolism linked to many disease processes.
Pancreatic cancer: Trial drug MRK003 shows promise
Doctors want to improve the prognosis of this aggressive cancer. Scientists say they may have found a new weapon against pancreatic cancer after promising early trial results of an experimental drug combination. Giving the chemotherapy agent gemcitabine with an experimental drug called MRK003 sets off a chain of events that ultimately kills cancer cells, studies in mice show.
Diabetes drugs tied to pancreatic cancer risk
A new study links the diabetes drug metformin to fewer cases of pancreatic cancer -- at least in women -- but finds other diabetes medications are associated with a higher risk of the disease.
Steve Jobs’s death a reminder that pancreatic cancer’s toll is still too high
When Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, many people were both saddened by his loss and hopeful that his very public experience with this ghastly disease might prompt a race for the cure.
Give with your head as well as your heart
The breast cancer awareness movement is one of the most spectacular success stories of all time. Thanks to an energetic network of survivors - 150,000 of them in Canada - breast cancer gets the lion's share of cancer donations and media attention. Just one problem: Breast cancer has become the 900-pound gorilla of the cancer world...a lot of other cancers are ignored. How big is the funding gap? A new report by Charity Intelligence Canada found that pancreatic cancer gets next to no direct donations.
Nuvilex, Inc. Readies Pancreatic Cancer Treatment for Expanded Phase II Clinical Trials
Nuvilex, Inc announced today it is aggressively engaging the steps necessary to use its encapsulated cell technology for pancreatic cancer in expanded Phase II clinical trials in the United States, Europe and Australia. The Company's objective is to have a protocol submitted to the regulatory agencies in these countries as quickly as possible.
Folfirinox Delivers Benefit In Pancreatic Cancer
The combination chemotherapy regimen of FOLFIRINOX (consisting of oxaliplatin, irinotecan, fluorouracil, and leucovorin) produced a survival advantage in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer when compared to gemcitabine, concluded a French phase 2-3 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Deadliest Cancers Overlooked by Charity Donors
Canadians are overlooking the most deadly cancers when it comes to donating their money to charities, a new report suggests.
Aspirin May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk
A new study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester has shown that taking the full-strength aspirin could be linked to a 26 percent reduction in the risk of pancreatic cancer, while low-dose aspirin intake may reduce the risk by 35 percent.
Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Underway
UK Scientists are testing a new vaccine for treating pancreatic cancer in more than 1000 patients suffering from advanced forms of the disease.
Pancreatic Cancer Tumors Take More Than a Decade To Develop
At first, even the researchers couldn’t believe the findings. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was shocked to discover that pancreatic cancer develops slowly, over the course of at least 15 years.
Loved Ones Focus on Stealthy Pancreatic Cancer
Back in the summer of 1996, Laurie Ellies was busy going about her daily life in rural Ontario. She was away on business when she got the kind of call no one ever wants. A family member told her to get straight home: her mom was in the hospital, and the news was bleak.
Maple Leafs, Komisarek Lends Support to Pancreatic Cancer Canada
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek will be the honorary team leader for the Pancreatic Cancer Canada team that is running in the “5K Your Way” walk/run, in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, October 18 in Toronto.
Fashion Show Pays Homage to Late Actor
"I dream that the word 'cure' will no longer be followed by the words 'it's impossible.' " It was this powerful quote by the late Patrick Swayze that galvanized members of Pancreatic Cancer Canada (PCC), a national voluntary association, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA), to organize a special fundraising event that would not only honour the actor, but pay tribute to his work -- and his awe-inspiring dance moves, too.