New Tumor Model Helps Researchers Treat Pancreatic Cancer

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Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer face a poor prognosis because the tumor forms dense scar-like tissue that is difficult for chemotherapy drugs to penetrate, but a new model may help researchers develop new therapies.

“More than 85 percent of pancreatic tumors form this fibrous tissue,” explained Assistant Professor Joshua Reineke of the South Dakota State University Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. However, most models used to test new drugs and drug delivery methods do not have this feature. Read more . . .