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Category Archives: Pancreatic Cancer Screening Tests and Markers

How many Patients with Pancreatic Cancer are Platinum Responders ?

Here in the Pancreatica Blog we have reported previous studies documenting patients with pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas) with specific genetic characteristics such BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations who have demonstrated robust treatment responses to DNA crosslinking agent “chemotherapy” such as platinum salts, PARP [poly ADP-ribose polymerase enzyme] inhibitors, and others.  By way of […]

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Saliva, Exosomes and MicroRNA for Pancreatic Cancer Detection – what’s not to like !

Dental research for pancreatic cancer has seemed to fall largely into two categories: specific bacterial overgrowth that may be associated in some manner with increased ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas (pancreatic cancer), and that related to exosomes, the free-floating “bubbles” found in saliva that we now know contains genetic materials (DNA and RNA) including mutations […]

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Elements of Protein Breakdown Found in Serum Long Before Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

In two separate studies, Boston researchers (primarily) have discovered and begun to characterize the intriguing and likely important finding that protein metabolites found in human serum are elevated typically years before the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is established. The implications of this discovery have cast a new light on the early development of pancreatic […]

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