Research

What research is being done for pancreatic cancer treatments and screenings today? The next life-saving treatment for the disease may be on the horizon. These articles highlight the latest in pancreatic cancer research.

343 Articles

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October 20, 2017 • 2 Min

Novel Drug Combination Plus Radiation for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial combines immunotherapy, common treatments, an antiretroviral drug, and SBRT for locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

Gloria Peterson, Ph.D.
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October 12, 2017 • 5 Min

Tumor Genetics Research Brings Some Answers for Families at High Risk

Professor Gloria Peterson of the Mayo Clinic is working on tumor genetics to help make early detection of pancreatic cancer a reality.

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October 9, 2017 • 1 Min

Investigating a Drug Used for Other Cancers

In a clinical trial, researchers are adding the drug decitabine to gemcitabine, for patients with advanced cancer that is not responding to treatment.

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September 26, 2017 • 2 Min

Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and Radiation for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial combines chemotherapy, immunotherapy, including a pancreas vaccine, and SBRT to stop locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Robert Kurtz
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September 18, 2017 • 4 Min

A Registry for Those at Risk for Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Robert Kurtz founded the Pancreatic Tumor Registry at Memorial Sloan Kettering to learn more about the genetic mutations that cause pancreatic cancer.

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September 12, 2017 • 2 Min

New Drug for BRCA Carriers with Advanced Cancer

A phase I clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of a platinum-based drug for BRCA carriers with pancreatic, breast, and other cancers.

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September 5, 2017 • 4 Min

New Cancer Stem Cell Pathway Drug May Change Standard of Care

Dr. Tanios Bekaii-Saab is testing a new drug that works on pancreatic cancer stem cells to make chemotherapy more effective.

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August 30, 2017 • 2 Min

More Effective Focused Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial tests whether adding Zometa makes chemotherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) more effective against pancreatic cancer.

Researcher Ken Zaret
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August 22, 2017 • 4 Min

A Newly Identified Biomarker Panel Shows Promise in Earlier Pancreatic Cancer Detection

The first pancreatic cancer blood test may soon be a reality, as a biomarker panel from the lab of Dr. Ken Zaret shows promise in early testing.

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August 17, 2017 • 2 Min

Presurgical Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer That Is Removable

A clinical trial looks at immunotherapy plus vitamin D plus standard chemotherapy before surgery to remove pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Bert Vogelstein
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July 27, 2017 • 4 Min

Most Cancer Mutations Are Random DNA Mistakes

In a large study, Dr. Bert Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins found that a majority of cancers, including pancreatic cancer, are caused by random mutations of DNA.

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July 24, 2017 • 2 Min

Trying a New Type of Treatment to Stop Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers test the chemotherapy combination of AM0010 and FOLFOX as a second-line therapy for people with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Luis Diaz
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July 14, 2017 • 5 Min

An Immunotherapy Game Changer

Immunotherapy with Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is approved for use in cancer patients with certain genetic defects in their tumors.

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July 11, 2017 • 2 Min

Testing the Safety of a New Chemotherapy and Radiation Combination

A clinical trial tests the effectiveness of adding PEGPH20 to standard chemotherapy and radiation in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

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July 3, 2017 • 3 Min

Predicting Effective Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Kenneth Yu is leading a clinical trial that looks at a pancreatic cancer patient’s pharmacogenomic profile, to see which chemotherapy works better.