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Pancreatic Cancer Health Center

News and Features Related to Pancreatic Cancer

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Meaty Diet Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

    April 20, 2005 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- New studies presented at a major cancer meeting reinforce the old adage that you are what you eat (and drink). One study shows that green tea may stave off prostate cancer. Another study suggests that eating a lot of hot dogs, sausage, and other processed meats ma

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  8. Obesity Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

    Aug. 21, 2001 -- Score another one for moderate daily exercise. This time it appears to significantly diminish the risk that obese people will get one of the most deadly cancers. Cancer of the pancreas is the fifth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and less than 5% of people who get the dis

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  9. Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

    Jan. 5, 2001 -- Early results with a new vaccine for the treatment of pancreatic cancer are showing promise. During its first testing in humans, the vaccine has proven to safely and effectively stimulate the immune system in a desirable way. In a few individuals with this deadly disease, the vaccine

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  10. Could Coffee Enemas and Vitamins Save Your Life?

    June 15, 2000 (Arlington, Va.) -- After months of delays and years of debate, researchers are finally enrolling patients for a study designed to see if an unorthodox treatment regimen, including vitamins and coffee enemas, can shrink the tumors of patients with cancer of the pancreas. The controvers

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