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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June 27, 2017 • 2 Min

A Maintenance Trial for Patients with BRCA or PALB2 Mutations

A clinical trial examines whether the PARP inhibitor rucaparib can work as a maintenance drug for pancreatic cancer patients with BRCA or PALB2 mutations.

Dr. Margaret Tempero
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June 23, 2017 • 4 Min

Targeted Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Margaret Tempero outlines the work being done in the area of targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer, specifically the testing of ibrutinib.

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June 15, 2017 • 2 Min

Adding a New Drug to Standard Treatment for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial tests the effectiveness of napabucasin, a drug that affects the signaling pathways of cancer stem cells.

Dr. Joseph Herman
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June 7, 2017 • 5 Min

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for Select Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is increasingly being used to treat locally advanced pancreatic cancer, and make it surgically removable.

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June 2, 2017 • 2 Min

Focusing on a Drug that Treats Specific Tumor Mutations

A clinical trial tests a signal-inhibiting drug for lung cancers with specific genetic mutations on gastrointestinal cancers with the same tumor mutations.

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May 26, 2017 • 4 Min

Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Cancer?

Did you know that periodontal disease may predict pancreatic cancer? Researchers are finding a link between unhealthy gums and the deadly cancer.

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May 12, 2017 • 4 Min

Synergy with Metronomic Chemotherapy

Oncologists are trying metronomic chemotherapy, lower doses of toxic drugs given on a steady basis, to fight pancreatic cancer.

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May 9, 2017 • 2 Min

Treating BRCA-Negative Pancreatic Cancer Patients with a Family Cancer History Similar to BRCA Carriers

A clinical trial looks at the effectiveness of a PARP inhibitor in BRCA-negative pancreatic cancer patients with a family history BRCA-type cancers.

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April 18, 2017 • 2 Min

Testing a Signal-Inhibiting Drug on Tumors with Specific Mutations

A new drug for certain tumor mutations is being tested in a type of clinical trial called a basket trial, which matches tumor genetics and drugs.

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April 13, 2017 • 4 Min

Testing Vitamin C as a Cancer Killer

Lewis Cantley’s team is starting clinical trials of vitamin C to gain more information about its role in stopping cancer.

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April 5, 2017 • 2 Min

Comparing Chemotherapy and Radiation Regimens to Prevent Recurrence of Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial compares standard chemotherapy with gemcitabine to the combination of chemotherapy with capecitabine and radiation.

Dr. Erkut Borazanci
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March 31, 2017 • 4 Min

Clinical Trial of Immunotherapy Plus Sunshine Vitamin May Help in Pancreatic Cancer Fight

Can vitamin D make it easier for chemotherapy drugs to reach the pancreatic cancer tumor? A clinical trial is testing this idea.

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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.