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  1. FAQ: Steve Jobs' Pancreatic Cancer

    Aug. 25, 2011 --  Steve Jobs gave no specific explanation for his sudden resignation as Apple CEO. But one possible health reason is that his pancreatic cancer may have returned. If Jobs had suffered the most common form of pancreatic cancer, adenocarcinoma, the chances are he would have died soon a

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  2. FDA OKs Afinitor to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

    May 6, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the drug Afinitor (everolimus) to treat a rare type of pancreatic cancer. The Novartis-made drug has been approved to treat patients with progressive neuroendocrine tumors located in the pancreas that cannot be surgically removed or which have spread to other part

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  3. Aspirin Linked to Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

    April 4, 2011 -- Preventing pancreatic cancer may be an additional health benefit of using aspirin to treat everyday aches and pains or prevent heart disease. A new study shows people who took aspirin at least once a month were 29% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who used other t

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  4. New Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Activates Immune System

    March 24, 2011 -- A novel approach to pancreatic cancer treatment that activates the immune system works in some patients, according to a new study. The treatment works by destroying the ''scaffolding'' around cancer cells, says researcher Robert H. Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, an associate professor of

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  5. Heavy Drinking Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

    March 14, 2011 -- Having three or more drinks of liquor a day is associated with an increased risk of dying from pancreatic cancer, a new study shows. That’s significant, experts say, because only two other lifestyle factors that are modifiable -- smoking and obesity -- have been shown to be associa

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  6. 2 Drugs Look Promising for Rare Pancreatic Cancer

    Feb. 9, 2011 -- Two kidney cancer drugs show promise for the treatment of the rare type of pancreatic cancer that Apple CEO Steve Jobs was diagnosed with in 2004. In studies to be published tomorrow in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that the targeted therapies dramatically i

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  7. Pancreatic Cancer Grows More Slowly Than Thought

    Oct. 27, 2010 -- Pancreatic cancer is among the most lethal malignancies, with fewer than 5% of patients still alive five years after diagnosis. It has long been suspected the disease is so deadly because it grows so quickly, but surprising new research finds the opposite to be true. The investigati

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  8. Lisa Niemi: Healing From the Loss of Patrick Swayze

    Since 2009, when actor Patrick Swayze died from pancreatic cancer, his widow, Lisa Niemi, a dancer, writer, and yoga practitioner, has focused not only on her own healing process, but on leading efforts to fight the disease in this country.  WebMD the Magazine sat down with Niemi and asked her about

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  9. Pancreatic Cancer Linked to Sodas?

    Feb. 8, 2010 -- Drinking as little as two soft drinks a week appears to nearly double the risk of getting pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. ''People who drank two or more soft drinks a week had an 87% increased risk -- or nearly twice the risk -- of pancreatic cancer compared to individua

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  10. New Genetic Links for Pancreatic Cancer

    Jan. 25, 2010 -- At least three newly discovered genetic variants may contribute to pancreatic cancer risk, according to a new study. Researchers say it’s the largest study to date to identify potential genetic risk factors for the mysterious disease. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancer

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