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.

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March 23, 2017 • 2 Min

Two Types of Immunotherapy for Surgically Removable Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial compares the effectiveness of two different types of immunotherapy with standard treatment after pancreatic cancer surgery.

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March 10, 2017 • 2 Min

Maintenance Chemotherapy for Stable Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial tests the diabetes drug metformin and transplant rejection preventative rapamycin to act as maintenance chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

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February 22, 2017 • 2 Min

Using a Virus to Infect and Destroy Pancreatic Cancer Cells

A clinical trial tests the combination of standard chemotherapy plus a common cold virus that has been modified to kill cancer cells.

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February 9, 2017 • 2 Min

Testing Standard Treatment Plus an Antibody to Shrink Pancreatic Tumors

Researchers are testing whether adding a monoclonal antibody to standard chemotherapy will make locally advanced pancreatic cancer qualify for surgery.

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February 6, 2017 • 5 Min

Developing a Screening Test for Pancreatic Cancer

One focus of research for Dr. Anirban Maitra is to develop a simple screening test for pancreatic cancer, to provide an earlier diagnosis of the disease.

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January 27, 2017 • 2 Min

Electrical Pulses to Destroy Pancreatic Cancer Cells

A clinical trial looks the effectiveness of NanoKnife surgery on pancreatic cancer tumors that cannot be removed by traditional surgery.

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January 16, 2017 • 2 Min

Comparing a Standard Chemotherapy With and Without a PARP Inhibitor

A clinical trial compares standard chemotherapy with and without the addition of a PARP inihibitor, for patients whose pancreatic cancer is spreading again.

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January 2, 2017 • 2 Min

Testing Targeted Immunotherapy Against Pancreatic Cancer

Targeted immunotherapy is the focus of a clinical trial that tests the drug ibrutinib, approved for leukemia treatment, against pancreatic cancer.

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December 30, 2016 • 4 Min

The Cancer Moonshot

Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee of Johns Hopkins is part of the Cancer Moonshot’s Blue Ribbon Panel, and she explains the goals of the program.

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December 22, 2016 • 2 Min

A New Approach to Treating Some Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Patients

A clinical trial uses PEGPH20, a synthetic form of a human enzyme, to make treatment more effective in pancreatic cancer patients with high tumor pressure.

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December 19, 2016 • 3 Min

New Biopsy Shows Promise For Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Trovagene is developing a liquid biopsy for pancreatic cancer patients, to allow doctors to test for cancer and track treatment response.

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December 9, 2016 • 2 Min

Muting Chemical Signals to Slow or Stop the Spread of Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial tests a drug that turns off chemical signals in the body that promote the growth of tumors and the spread of pancreatic cancer.

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December 6, 2016 • 4 Min

The First Line of Defense against Pancreatic Cancer

Drs. Allyson Ocean and David Tuveson explain why pancreatic cancer patients should participate in clinical trials at the time of diagnosis.

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November 28, 2016 • 2 Min

Testing the Effectiveness of Radiation and Standard Treatment

A clinical trial compares FOLFIRINOX plus stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with just FOLFIRINOX for pancreatic cancer that has spread locally.

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November 21, 2016 • 4 Min

Immunotherapy Treatments Provide Hope to Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Dr. Robert Vonderheide of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania describes immunotherapy trials for pancreatic cancer.