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Monthly Archives: September 2013

EUS for Neuroendocrine Tumors

Depending on who you are and how you count, there are almost twenty kinds of pancreatic cancer. The main two that we generally speak of are ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas which arises from the non-hormonal part of the organ and may be responsible for as much as 85% of cases, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors […]

IA and IV Gemcitabine plus Mitomycin-C for Pancreatic Cancer

Recent advances over the drug agent gemcitabine for advanced pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) are still in progress but the current strong regimins for first-line therapy appear to include the FOLFIRINOX (5-FU based) combination regimen, and now recently Abraxane plus gemcitabine. Now comes a study by German researchers Lorenz and colleagues from the […]

FDA Approval: Nab-paclitaxel in Combination with Gemcitabine for Pancreatic Cancer

On September 6th the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – per its commendable fast track expedited review program for “orphan” diseases (which now includes pancreatic cancer) has approved nab-paclitaxel (trade name: Abraxane) for use in in combination with gemcitabine for metastatic pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas). The previous drug agent officially approved […]