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Vaccine Against Gastrin May Slow Spread of Pancreatic Cancer

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New research suggests a vaccine that blocks a digestive hormone may slow the spread of pancreatic cancer, potentially increasing survival rates. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of PhysiologyGastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for October.

Gastrin is a hormone that prompts the release of gastric acid in the stomach, which in turn helps the body digest and absorb nutrients from food. Previous studies suggest that gastrin also stimulates growth of pancreatic cancer and increases expression of certain proteins that then promote a process called epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). Read more . . . 

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