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Category Archives: Medical Research

MORE STROMA: Inhibiting Fibroblast Growth Factor Disrupts Pancreatic Cancer Cell Invasion

As mentioned, stromal tissue can account for as much as 90% of the bulk in pancreatic cancer tumors (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas). Thought in the past to have been relatively inert, it is increasingly clear that this dense tissue arising from a desmoplastic process is surprisingly dynamic. Thus, it is heartening to encounter a […]

Gemzar for Post-Whipple Procedure Chemotherapy in Pancreatic Cancer?

The standard chemotherapy agent for adjuvant treatment of pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) has typically been Fluorouracil (5-FU) based. But there have been other adjuvant agents and modalities for pancreatic cancer under study including gemcitabine, combined chemotherapy (multiple drug agents), and chemoradiation. On behalf of the German Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (a […]

CT Measurements Predict Need for Venous Resection in Pancreatic Cancer

The evaluation and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) is now largely initially accomplished through radiographic means, including CT scanning. This has produced changes in related areas such as the staging of pancreatic cancer, and the evaluation for potential resection.  Depending on tumor extension, as a part of the Whipple, the surgeon […]

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