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Blood Test Might Help Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

Danish researchers say findings are preliminary, test produces a lot of false positive results

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Phelps said he doesn't think the treatments used today are all that effective, even when the cancer is diagnosed early.

"Having an early diagnosis system could be useful," he said. "It's kind of based on an article of faith in that we expect there will be good therapies arising in the future."

"You would like early detection to be paired with a capacity to treat successfully," he said. "We don't have those things for pancreatic cancer yet, but we expect to get them."

Phelps said he thinks, however, the latest research is headed in a promising direction.

Richards added: "It is hoped that, with time, such an approach would allow us to detect pancreatic cancer at a much more survivable stage. Lots of work still needs to be done. The test needs to be validated much more thoroughly. It is a step in the right direction."

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