Pancreatic CancerInfo Center
Scientists have a mystery on their hands when it comes to pancreatic cancer trends. Trends are different among whites and blacks – but no one knows why.
The evidence is mounting that obesity plays a role in many chronic diseases, including cancer. In fact, some scientists suggest that obesity will become the leading preventable cause of cancer in the near future. But how does weight impact cancer survival?
In some cancers, doctors can have a hard time telling the difference between a cancerous tumor and a condition that's not cancer (benign). This is particularly true for pancreatic cancer. New research suggests there may be an easier and more effective way to tell.
Good news on the pancreatic cancer front has been slow for some time now. But the situation may have changed, as a new study suggests that a combination of two medications may improve the outlook for patients whose pancreatic cancer has spread.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult to treat cancers. It usually doesn’t give the patient any clues, so it’s generally found later — often when the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas. But results from a recent clinical trial may offer positive news.
Aspirin is an intriguing medicine because it helps to control inflammation, which plays a big role in a number of diseases — including cancer. So does aspirin help prevent and treat certain types of cancer?
Dietary patterns may predict your risk of developing certain diseases, including cancer. However, the link between a healthy diet and pancreatic cancer risk has been unclear.
Angelina Jolie has put BRCA gene mutations on the red carpet. But changes in this gene play a role in more than breast and ovarian cancers. Faulty BRCA 1 and 2 proteins can also be involved in pancreatic and prostate cancer.
Right now, there’s no easy way to find pancreatic cancer in its early stages. A new test being studied may change that and the way this disease is treated.
Gemzar (gemcitabine) is the standard of care for pancreatic cancer. Results from a trial showed that adding another medication worked even better.