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Researchers Develop a New Approach to Detect Pancreatic Cancer

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A protein found commonly in human blood might help with the detection of hard-to-diagnose pancreatic tumours. Researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen and the University of Witten/Herdecke have developed approach using the protein’s structure and its function as a proxy for this. In a first study in ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, the team shows how its method can also be used to differentiate between benign and malignant tumours.

Pancreatic cancer is particularly insidious: “It remains asymptomatic for a long time, which leads to very late diagnoses and therefore a low chance of treating it successfully,” says Dr Marcos Gelos from the Alfried Krupp Hospital and Witten/Herdecke University who headed up the new study together with Professor Dariush Hinderberger, a chemist at MLU. Read more . . . 


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