Of all gastrointestinal cancers, pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive. Because of this, it has a very low 5-year survival rate of just 5% and a median survival time below 6 months. Additionally, treatment is difficult, with only surgery shown to provide a cure. However, the vast majority of patients have tumors that cannot be removed surgically or their cancer is too advanced or spread too far to be treatable.
Current chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer is ineffective long-term. Therefore, to improve the prognosis and as a novel treatment, Osaka University researchers identified a marker protein that could be used in molecular targeted therapy and companion diagnostics. Read more . . .