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New Experimental Blood Test Determines which Pancreatic Cancers will Respond to Treatment

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Scientists have developed a simple, experimental blood test that distinguishes pancreatic cancers that respond to treatment from those that do not. This critical distinction could one day guide therapeutic decisions and spare patients with resistant cancers from undergoing unnecessary treatments with challenging side effects.

The findings were published today in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.”Knowing which type of pancreatic cancer a person has is critical to implementing the right treatment strategy for each patient,” said Brian Haab, Ph.D., a professor at Van Andel Institute and corresponding author of the study. “We hope that our new test, which detects a marker produced by cancer cells of one subtype and not the other, will one day soon be a powerful tool to help physicians and patients make the best decisions possible.” Read more . . . 

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