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New Drug Discovery for Pancreatic Cancer

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Source: University of Houston Drug for Pancreatic Cancer Developed by College of Pharmacy Researchers Heralds a new strategy for fighting cancer: Drugs that target two genes at a time A breakthrough treatment for highly aggressive and commonly fatal pancreatic cancer is on the horizon, reports a University of Houston researcher who has developed a new medicine that can inhibit two …

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This ‘metastasis-blocking’ compound may stop the spread of cancer

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By: Catharine Paddock PhD From: medicalnewstoday.com Using a new approach, scientists have located a compound that stops the spread of breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers in mice. The compound — which they call metarrestin — destroys a unique structure inside the nucleus of cancer cells that can spread and form new tumors. A paper on the work — in which researchers from the National Institutes …

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Attention women: Your choice of blood pressure medicine may affect your risk of pancreatic cancer

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By: Melissa Healy From: latimes.com In findings with potentially broad implications for the public’s health, new research has found that some women who treat their high blood pressure with a class of drugs that relaxes the blood vessels were more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who use other hypertension medications. In a large and intensively-studied group of middle-aged …

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How an existing diabetes drug controls pancreatic cancer

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By: Catharine Paddock PhD From: medicalnewstoday.com New research suggests that targeting a particular cell signaling pathway with the diabetes drug metformin might offer a way to stop the progression and spread of pancreatic cancer. The study — which was led by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick — is to feature at the 2018 annual meeting of …

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Bacteria and Cancer: Another Connection

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By: Derek Lowe From: sciencemag.org  Three months ago, I wrote about a report that some kinds of pancreatic cancer seem to be associated with particular infections, and wondered “How many similar stories are out there that we don’t know about yet?” Well, that didn’t take long to start being answered. This recent paper in Science (from a multicenter team: Dana-Farber, Broad, …

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Extreme Early Detection Intrigues Cancer Researchers

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By: Faye Flam From: bloomberg.com Many tumors grow silently for years before they cause any symptoms. Oncologists see an opportunity. There’s only so far you can go toward preventing cancer with a healthy lifestyle. Bone tumors in fossils show that people have been getting cancer since prehistoric times — before smoking, before modern diets, even before the dawn of our …

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OHSU kicks off initiative to personalize clinical trials for cancer

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By: Tom Sullivan From: healthcareitnews.com Oregon Health & Science University on Thursday announced a new research project to create personalized clinical trials for cancers, including breast, pancreatic and prostate. With the new initiative, OHSU joins a growing number of academic medical centers and hospitals undertaking precision medicine initiatives focused specifically on cancer, including Swedish Cancer Institute and Intermountain Healthcare in …

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Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates

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From: bbc.com Speeding up access to surgery for pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed early enough increased success rates by a third, a pilot scheme has shown. The Birmingham team said it had saved the NHS £3,200 per patient and could help hundreds of patients UK-wide. The trial involved cutting average time to surgery for 32 patients from two months to just …

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FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Pancreatic Cancers with Mismatch Repair Deficiency

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Source: The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research From: PR Newswire In an unprecedented, fast-tracked review, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of pembrolizumab (anti-PDI) immunotherapy for patients with advanced pancreatic cancers who have a defect in their capacity to repair DNA.  Support from the Lustgarten Foundation was critical to the success of the clinical trial that …

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Cancer spreads even before tumours form

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By: Sushmi Dey, TNN From: economictimes.indiatimes.com In a new discovery that might challenge the existing knowledge of cancer and methods to treat it, researchers have found cancer cells spread to organs much earlier than was thought. In fact, cancer cells can spread even before a tumour develops, remain quiet for long periods of time and then awaken to form aggressive …