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  1. Vaccine for Pancreatic Cancer Studied

    Jan. 22, 2007 (Orlando) -- A novel vaccine that encourages the immune system to seek out and destroy tumor cells shows promise for treating pancreatic cancer. In a new study, pancreatic cancer patients who were given the experimental vaccine lived an average of 27 months. That may not sound like muc

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  2. Gum Disease Ups Pancreatic Cancer Risk

    Jan. 16, 2007 -- Gum disease can more than double a person's risk of pancreatic cancer , a Harvard study shows. In addition, people with a history of gum disease, plus recent tooth loss, have a 2.7-fold higher risk of this fatal cancer than people without gum disease or tooth loss. Previous studies

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  3. Vitamin D May Cut Pancreatic Cancer

    Sept. 12, 2006 -- Getting the recommended intake of vitamin D from diet, supplements, or even the sun may cut your risk of pancreatic cancer. The results of two large, long-term surveys show that adults who got 300 IU to 449 IU (international units) per day had a 43% lower risk of pancreatic cancer

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  4. Folate May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

    March 14, 2006 -- Eating foods rich in folate, better known as folic acid, may lower risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study shows. But the study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, doesn't show the same benefit from folic acid in supplements. Researcher Susanna Larsson sums u

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  5. Pancreatic Cancer Tied to Insulin Woes

    Dec. 13, 2005 -- A new study links insulin problems to greater odds of developing pancreatic cancer. Insulin is a hormone. It's made by the pancreas and it's necessary for the body to be able to use blood sugar (glucose) for fuel. Insulin resistance occurs when there are elevated levels of glucose d

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  6. Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Improves Survival

    Nov. 15, 2005 -- A new immune-boosting vaccine may help improve the odds of survival for people who suffer from pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest and most difficult-to-treat forms. Early results show the pancreatic cancer vaccine improved survival rates from the disease from an average of abou

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  7. FDA OKs New Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

    Nov. 7, 2005 -- The FDA has approved the use of the lung cancer drug Tarceva to treat advanced pancreatic cancer. Tarceva was cleared for use in combination with Gemzar (gemcitabine), a chemotherapy drug, which is used to treat pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the No. 4 cause of cancer deaths

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  8. Chemo Drug May Up Pancreatic Cancer Survival

    Nov. 4, 2005 -- Xeloda, a chemotherapy drug used to treat cancers of the breast and colon, may improve survival of pancreatic cancer. So say British doctors who studied 533 people with advanced pancreatic cancer. Patients who took Xeloda as part of chemotherapy lived about six weeks longer than thos

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  9. Experimental Drug May Fight Pancreatic Cancer

    Aug. 18, 2005 -- An experimental drug made from the seeds of the croton shrub may help fight pancreatic cancer, a new study shows. The drug is based on a compound called TPA that's found in oil made from the shrub's seeds. Don't confuse it with "tPA." That's a completely different drug, which is use

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  10. Chemo Combination May Treat Pancreatic Cancer

    May 9, 2005 -- A mix of chemotherapy drugs could be considered for treating advanced pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cancer, say Italian doctors in The Lancet Oncology's online edition. Pancreatic cancer has a poor prognosis. More than 80% of patients are diagnosed when the disease is already in advan

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