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.

341 Articles

Microscope image of four pancreatic cells with pinkish edges and green centers, against a dark background
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October 10, 2016 • 2 Min

A Novel Combination to Slow Pancreas Tumors that Cannot Be Surgically Removed

Can a combination of standard drugs, a PARP inhibitor, and intensity modulated radiation therapy to slow pancreatic tumor growth?

Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue
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September 30, 2016 • 4 Min

Pancreatic Cancer Tissue Helps Unlock the Disease’s Secrets

Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue at Memorial Sloan Kettering is using techniques from evolutionary biology to learn how pancreatic cancer grows.

A confocal microscopy image of a fibroblast showing the football-shaped nucleus (blue), dots of mitochondria (red), and wispy strands of the actin cytoskeleton (green), all against a black background
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September 27, 2016 • 2 Min

High-Dose Focused Radiation after Surgical Removal of Pancreatic Tumors

A clinical trial looks at the effectiveness of stereotactic body radiation therapy in killing cancer cells in the margins after pancreatic tumor removal.

Cancer researcher Sunil Hingorani
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September 19, 2016 • 4 Min

New Drug Shows Positive Results in Early Trials

A new drug called PEGPH20, which helps chemotherapy drugs reach their target, is showing positive results in an ongoing pancreatic cancer trial.

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September 14, 2016 • 2 Min

Slowing the Growth of Pancreatic Tumors Before Surgery

A chemoradiation clinical trial tests standard chemotherapy plus an anti-malaria drug and compares two types of radiation treatments, to slow tumor growth.

Micrograph of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma showing cells in pink and dark purple with white spaces between.
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August 31, 2016 • 2 Min

A New Chemotherapy and Radiation Regimen to Shrink Tumors Before Surgery

Researchers are testing a new combination of chemotherapies and radiation to shrink pancreatic cancer tumors and make surgical removal possible.

Micrograph of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
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August 23, 2016 • 4 Min

Solving the Mystery of Cachexia

Researchers are looking for ways to combat cachexia, the metabolic syndrome that causes weight and muscle loss in people with cancer and other diseases.

Microscopy image of a tumor section (obtained from a mouse tumor model) shows the blue-stained nanoparticles selectively accumulating in the peripheral tumor area and then penetrating into tumor cells
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August 18, 2016 • 2 Min

Exploring the Effectiveness of an Experimental Class of Drug

Does adding a PARP inhibitor drug to standard treatment help control the spread of advanced pancreatic cancer in patients with the BRCA mutation?

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August 10, 2016 • 2 Min

Using a Colon Cancer Drug to Treat Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial tests the effectiveness of an approved colon cancer drug against advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.

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July 28, 2016 • 6 Min

Novel Drug Therapy Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells by Reducing Levels of Antioxidants

New research finds that reducing antioxidants can help kill pancreatic cancer cells, suggesting a new direction for treatment.

test tubes with red and yellow liquids
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July 26, 2016 • 2 Min

Maintenance Chemotherapy Trial for Pancreatic Cancer Patients with the BRCA Mutation

A clinical trial for patients with BRCA mutations uses a PARP inhibitor as part of the maintenance chemotherapy experimental treatment.

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July 21, 2016 • 5 Min

Patient-Focused Research to Better Understand Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Diane Simeone stresses the importance of research and clinical trials to get better results for pancreatic cancer patients.

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July 13, 2016 • 2 Min

Testing the Effect of a Malaria Drug on Standard Treatment

A clinical trial tests whether a malaria drug can make standard chemotherapy for advanced pancreatic cancer more effective.

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June 30, 2016 • 2 Min

Discovering the Better Drug Treatment After Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

A clinical trial compares two chemotherapy regimens to see which one is more effective at knocking out remaining cancer cells.

silver microscope
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June 17, 2016 • 2 Min

Exploring the Better Treatment for Stable Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

For patients with stable metastatic pancreatic cancer, a clinical trial compares standard chemotherapy with immunotherapy.