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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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.

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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.

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June 14, 2016 • 3 Min

Fighting Pancreatic Cancer in a Petri Dish

Dr. David Tuveson is growing pancreatic cancer tissue called organoids in the lab, to test which drugs will be most effective against a patient’s tumor.

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June 6, 2016 • 2 Min

Patients Needed for Clinical Trial/Research Study of Treatment Targeting Immune System

A clinical trial seeks pancreatic cancer patients with the MSI (microsatellite instability) genetic signature, to test an immunotherapy drug.

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June 3, 2016 • 2 Min

Low-Dose Continuous Chemotherapy as Part of a New Combination of Drugs

A clinical trial uses a new immunotherapy drug in combination with standard chemotherapy drugs in metronomic therapy to treat metastatic pancreatic cancer.

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June 1, 2016 • 5 Min

Personalizing Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Dr. Mark Ricigliano takes a closer look at the genetics of circulating tumor cells, to personalize pancreatic cancer treatment for the best results.

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May 23, 2016 • 5 Min

A Liquid Biopsy for Pancreatic Cancer

Dr. Bert Vogelstein and his team at Johns Hopkins are working with a blood test called a liquid biopsy, which tests cells for mutations related to cancer.

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April 18, 2016 • 5 Min

Putting the Immune System on the Offensive

A discussion of immunology in cancer treatment, focusing on the work of Elizabeth Jaffe, M.D., and her cancer vaccine and checkpoint inhibitors.

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April 17, 2016 • 3 Min

Drug Onivyde Gives New Hope to Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Onivyde (injectable irinotecan), combined with fluorouracil and leucovorin, has been approved as a second-line treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer.

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April 15, 2016 • 3 Min

Could There Be a Cure in Vitamin C?

Vitamin C has been found to kill cancer cells that carry the KRAS mutation. This mutation is common in pancreatic and colorectal cancers.

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April 5, 2016 • 2 Min

Combining Gene Therapy with Current First-line Treatments for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

Gene therapy combined with standard first-line chemotherapy treatment forms a clinical trial for metastatic pancreatic cancer.

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April 3, 2016 • 2 Min

Comparing the Effectiveness of Vaccine Therapy With or Without Additional Immunotherapy

Can the immunotherapy combination of cancer vaccines and a checkpoint blockade drug work against metastatic pancreatic cancer?