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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Drug May Help Fight Rare Pancreatic Cancer

    Jan. 25, 2010 (Orlando, Fla.) -- A pill that cuts off the supply of nutrients to tumors shows promise for treating people with the rare type of pancreatic cancer that afflicted Apple CEO Steve Jobs. In a study of 171 people with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, the drug, Sutent, doubled th

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  7. 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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  8. Pancreatic Cancer Detected by Blood Test

    Jan. 20, 2010 -- Researchers say they have developed a blood test that can spot pancreatic cancer earlier, when it is more curable. The test uses an antibody that works like a heat-seeking missile, homing in and attaching to cells that carry a protein called PAM4 that is present in the vast majority

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  9. New Drug May Treat Pancreatic Cancer

    Sept. 24, 2009 (Berlin) -- Scientists are developing a pill that makes difficult-to-treat pancreatic cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy, paving the way for a new approach to treating the disease that killed actor Patrick Swayze. The pill inhibits the action of a protein called TAK-1 that ma

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  10. Patrick Swayze Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

    Sept. 15, 2009 -- Actor Patrick Swayze died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. Swayze, 57, died "peacefully" with his family at his side, Swayze's publicist, Annett Wolf, said in a statement published by the Associated Press. Although Swayze's memorable movie roles in Dirty Dancing and Ghost ingratiate

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