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Glycoprotein Biomarkers for Malignancy in Pancreatic Cysts

We speak of pancreatic cancer as if it is one thing, but there are many kinds of pancreatic cancer; one classification had this number at 17.  A frequent anatomic / physiologic action of the pancreas is that it tends to produce cysts (and sometimes even “pseudocysts” – pockets of fluid often seen as a result […]

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The Relationship Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer

“It’s complicated.”  But why should pancreatic cancer be any less convoluted than other aspects of the pancreas?  The origin of the embryologic pancreas develops from TWO buds off of the foregut – that EACH “typically” moves and develops, eventually merging to form what we know as the pancreas.  This somewhat individualistic merging process alone produces […]

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Hedgehog Pathway Inhibition Slows Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth

You may wonder what this has to do with pancreatic cancer, but please know that those of us who are old enough to remember once shivered and screamed in horror at the 1958 move, The Fly, whereby the protagonist ended up half human, half housefly (musca domestica).  This fear may not be too far from […]

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