Research Articles

As part of our goal to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, the Rolfe Foundation makes a point to stay on top of relevant news in the media, and to share stories of progress with our supporters. Here, you can find reports about recent advances in pancreatic cancer research.



October 2017

10/04/2017 - Futurity. Test Shows Promise For Detecting Pancreatic Cancer. Researchers have successfully shown that a new genetic test can, with high sensitivity, determine which pancreatic cysts are most likely to be associated with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer.

September 2017

09/29/2017 - Let's Win. Pancreatic Cancer and Family History. Rolfe Foundation is proud and excited to announce that there is a simple family history tool in the works to help you Know Your Family and Know Your Risk.

09/25/2017 - University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame Research Shows Promising Results For Improving Pancreatic Cancer Treatment. A stress response protein-inhibiting compound may be key to increasing effectiveness of #chemotherapy, according to a study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame.

09/11/2017 - Forbes. A Pill Might Control Pancreatic Cancer, Even If It Doesn't Cure It. So far, these pills are approved only for women with particular genetic findings, and mainly for ovarian cancer and related tumors, such as Fallopian tube cancer.

09/08/2017 - Hopkins Medicine. Rolfe Foundation Helps Fund Hopkins Study. Johns Hopkins scientists say they have developed a blood test that spots tumor-specific DNA and protein biomarkers for early-stage pancreatic cancer.

August 2017

08/25/2017 - MedicalResearch. DNA Analysis Identifies Subtype of Pancreatic Cancer With Good Prognosis. This study was motivated by the emerging promise of precision medicine and the emerging evidence that immunotherapy may have phenomenal efficacy in particular molecular subtypes of cancers.  

08/23/2017 - Let's Win! A Newly Identified Biomarker Panel Shows Promise in Earlier Pancreatic Cancer Detection. While there have been some strides made in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, the majority of patients are diagnosed at later stages of the disease when treatment is less effective.That’s why researchers across the globe have been looking for ways in which pancreatic cancer may be found earlier. It has been a persistent scientific challenge.

July 2017

07/13/2017 - CBS News. Blood Test Holds Promise For Earlier Pancreatic Cancer Detection. Pancreatic cancer is an especially tough cancer to beat because it usually isn't detected until late in the disease. But a new blood test that uses two protein markers is showing promise for picking it up earlier, researchers report.

07/10/2017 - PharamaTimes. Owlstone Medical, CR UK Test Potential Of Breath Test For Cancer. UK diagnostics group Owlstone Medical and Cancer Research UK have kicked off a study aiming to identify breath biomarkers to improve the early detection and diagnosis of multiple cancer types.

07/05/2017 - Shields Gazette. Two Drinks A Day Raises Cancer Risk By 21%. Just two beers or glasses of wine a day raises the risk of bowel and gullet cancer by more than a fifth, according to new research.

June 2017

06/22/2017 - PR Urgent. Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Announces Grant To Support Expansion Of Online Early Detection Tools.  The Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, a leading Midwest institution with a mission of being a catalyst for the early detection and ultimate cure of pancreatic cancer, today announced a $100,000 grant for Diane Simeone, M.D., Director of the Pancreatic Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, in partnership with genetic software company Progeny. The grant aims to strengthen a tablet-based pancreatic cancer family history tool to gather complete, detailed familial data and guide clinical care for patients and family members, while improving early detection testing criteria. 

06/22/2017 - Wall Street Pit. Potential Cure For Pancreatic Cancer May Already Be Inside Our Body. All it takes may be a little tweaking and pancreatic cancer patients could have a fighting chance against the disease.

06/22/2017 - CNN. Cancer Research Emerges As Potential Bipartisan Cause Amid Budget Fight. Nadine Takai-Day's brother, Hawaii Democratic Congressman Mark Takai, was the politician in the family. She didn't expect to return to Capitol Hill after her last visit for Takai's memorial service after he succumbed to pancreatic cancer to lobby her brother's former colleagues.

06/06/2017 - Chicago Tribune. 7 Things Doctors Are Buzzing About At The Biggest Cancer Research Meeting. The conference, which opened Friday and wraps up Tuesday, features hundreds of sessions and poster presentations ranging from the highly technical ("Predictive biomarkers of ipilimumab toxicity in metastatic melanoma") to tips for everyday practice ("Patient communication: Balancing hope versus reality"). While most of the topics are as serious as, well, cancer, there are some lighter moments. Here's a look at a few things that have been getting play:

06/01/2017 - Cancer Compass. FDA OKs First Cancer Drug By Genetic Type, Not Organ Of Origin. Many new cancer drugs target genetic "biomarkers" that are specific to tumors -- wherever in the body they may appear. On Tuesday, the U.S. FDA announced that, for the first time, it had approved a cancer drug based on disease genetics rather than the body part where the cancer originated.

May 2017

05/18/2017 - Life Science Daily. Researchers Develop Pancreatic Cancer Early Detection Tool. Harvard University researchers have developed a tool designed to aid in the early detection of pancreatic cancer. The team, which published its findings in Nature Biomedical Engineering 1, revealed insight into light-scattering spectroscopy (LSS), which bounces light off targeted tissue to detect structural changes in the tissue.

05/15/2017 - Richmond Times Dispatch. VCU's New Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Could Improve Outcomes. In March, Fields and a team of Massey providers successfully inserted a CivaSheet into a 70-year-old pancreatic cancer patient from Varina, marking the first time the device has been used to treat pancreatic cancer.

05/05/2017 - News Medical Life Sciences. Can Artificial Sweeteners Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk? Due to the fact that late diagnosis often renders surgical and pharmacological treatment ineffective, risk reduction may be a critical method of improving pancreatic cancer survival. Reducing sugar intake could potentially be a way of decreasing the risk of pancreatic cancer.

05/04/2017 - Fortune. This Simple Cancer Test Comes With a Big Caveat. A group of experts at a Wednesday panel during Fortune's second annual Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego focused their session on the hot new technology of "liquid biopsies."

April 2017

04/24/2017 - Click2Houston. New Treatment Option For Patients Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer. It's an aggressive form of cancer with few early symptoms, leaving patients limited options once they are diagnosed. But now there's a new treatment for pancreatic cancer that's showing promise and adding years to the lives of patients.

04/21/2017 - Science World Report. New 'Cancer Vaccine' Shows Promising Results. Researchers have developed a new personalized #cancer vaccine that could protect people from tumors or cancerous cells. It has targeted 20 mutated proteins unique to each patient's tumors and has inhibited early relapse in 12 patients with skin cancer.

04/18/2017 - PR Newswire. Newfound Signal Helps Pancreatic Cancer Cells Hide from the Immune System. Researchers have uncovered a critical pathway by which Pancreatic Cancer cells turn off the immune system charged with attacking them.

04/11/2017 - Digital Journal. Pancreatic Cancer Connected To Mouth Bacteria. The oral microbiome (that bacteria found in the mouth) can, if imbalanced, enhance the risk of a person developing Pancreatic Cancer. The finding adds to growing reports about the association between human microbes and disease.

March 2017

03/30/2017 - Medial News Today. Direct Tumor Vaccination Shown To Induce Anti-Tumor Immunity And Increase Survival In A Murine Model Of Pancreatic Cancer. Building on their previous research focusing on vaccination within a tumor (intratumoral) for the most common form of pancreatic cancer, investigators from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have shown that in a mouse model of early stage resected pancreatic cancer, intratumoral vaccination induces an anti-tumor response that results in a significant improvement in overall survival.

03/27/2017 - The Herald Analyst. Unavoidable DNA Replication Errors Help Fuel Cancer. Heredity and lifestyle get the most blame but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people realize: Healthy cells naturally make errors when they multiply, unavoidable typos in DNA that can leave new cells carrying cancer-prone genetic mutations. Gene mutations cause cancer but what causes the mutations?

03/22/2017 - Mayo Clinic. Slaying the Dragon Of Pancreatic Cancer. “The doctor comes in and gives us the news: ‘You have pancreatic cancer. You’ve got six months to live. Get your stuff together,’” Thomas says. “What do you do?” 

03/14/2017 - Science Daily. Light Scattering Spectroscopy Helps Doctors Identify Early Pancreatic Cancer.  New optical tool predicts malignant potential of cysts with 95 percent accuracy, compared to 58 percent accuracy with current test.

03/06/2017 - MedicalXpress. New Blood Test Could Help Detect And Locate Cancer Early On. Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new blood test that could detect cancer—and locate where in the body the tumor is growing.

03/06/2017 - The Conversation. Pancreatic Cancer Wouldn’t Be So Deadly If We Could Just Diagnose It Earlier. Pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to diagnose. [...] Even with current treatments, only 5% of pancreatic cancer patients survive for five years after diagnosis.

03/01/2017 - Let's Win. An Update on the Whipple Procedure. While inroads have been made in the medical treatment of pancreatic cancer, the best chance for a cure remains surgery. However, most studies show that only about one in five patients are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that appears to be confined to the pancreas. For some of these patients, potentially curative surgery may be an option. 

February 2017

02/24/2017 - MNT. Role Of Rogue Protein PAK4 Confirmed In Pancreatic Cancer Cells. The work, funded by national charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, uncovers new evidence that PAK4 plays a key role in enabling cancer cells to grow and to spread from the pancreas into other areas of the body, a process called metastasis.

02/23/2017 - EurekAlert! Discovery Of A New Gene Critical In The Development Of Lung And Pancreatic Cancers. Researchers at CIMA of the University of Navarra prove that the inhibition of this gene provokes a drastic reduction in the size of these tumors in different experimental models.

02/22/2017 - MedicalXpress. Researchers Reveal Genetic Links Underlying Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer. An Australian-led international research effort has revealed that genetic changes normally linked to breast, colon and ovarian cancers could also drive a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

02/15/2017 - Let's Win. Developing a Screening Test for Pancreatic Cancer. One of the reasons pancreatic cancer is so difficult to treat is because it does not produce symptoms until after it has spread. There is a great need for a test that can identify this cancer early in the disease process.

02/07/2017 - HiTech Chronical. Cancer Rates In Women 'To Rise Faster Than In Men. According to a recent report by World Health Organization, it is easier and cheaper to cure the disease if diagnosed early. 

02/06/2017 - The Guardian. Trial Finds Combination Of Pancreatic Cancer Drugs Extends Survival. Cancer campaigners are hailing a “monumental leap forward” in pancreatic cancer treatment after a new drug trial significantly extended survival from what is the most lethal form of the disease.

January 2017

01/31/2017 - Business Wire. Tempus and University of Michigan Announce Pancreatic Cancer Collaboration. Tempus, a technology company focused on helping doctors personalize cancer care, and the University of Michigan are partnering to help researchers and physicians to identify customized treatment opportunities for pancreatic cancer patients.

01/26/2017 - Medical News Today. Potentially Reversible Changes In Gene Control 'Prime' Pancreatic Cancer Cells To Spread. A multicenter team of researchers reports that a full genomic analysis of tumor samples from a small number of people who died of pancreatic cancer suggests that chemical changes to DNA that do not affect the DNA sequence itself yet control how it operates confer survival advantages on subsets of pancreatic cancer cells

01/25/2017 - Chicago Sun Times. Cancer Death Rates Declining In Cook County, Study Finds. The likelihood that a cancer diagnosis will lead to death has dropped significantly both in Cook County and across the nation during the past three decades, according to the findings of a new county-by-county study.

01/24/2017 - Eureka Alert. Hearst Foundation Funds TGen Research Into Cancer-Related 'Wasting Syndrome.' Cachexia responsible for more than 30 percent of deaths in cancer patients [...] what can we do to reverse the cachexia we see in patients?

01/23/2017 - Eureka Alert. Pancreatic Tumors Rely On Signals From Surrounding Cells. SALK Scientists find that targeting the interaction between a pancreatic tumor and it's microenvironment could weaken cancer.

01/20/2017 - iTeach Post. New Cancer Treatment For Pancreatic, Stomach And Colon Cancer. "Researchers found a way to develop new cancer treatments. The so called "collateral lethality" might be the answer to several types of cancer such as pancreatic, colon and stomach cancer. Collateral lethality is a therapeutic strategy uses passenger deleted genes as points of selective vulnerability."

01/09/2017 - Perth Now. Researches Test If Medical Cannabis Can Treat Pancreatic Cancer. "PERTH researchers are to test whether medical cannabis can pave a breakthrough in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal diseases on the planet."

01/03/2017 - CBS Pittsburg. New Treatment Offering Hope To Pancreatic Cancer Patients. "A cancer diagnosis is never a good thing, but pancreatic cancer is especially bad. The chances of surviving it aren’t great, but there’s a new treatment that’s offering hope."


December 2016

12/19/2016 - The Telegraph. Blood Test Which Tells Pancreatic Cancer Patients How Long They Have Left To Live, Developed By Scientists. "Scientists at the Sorbonne University in Paris, discovered that the prognosis for patients is far worse if tumour DNA is found in their blood."

12/15/2016 - Sidney Morning Herald. Australian-First Screening Exposes Pancreatic Cancer In Asymptomatic People. "In the five years, the free screening program has been running, Dr. Stoita and her colleagues have picked up two cases of pancreatic cancer in its early stages, both of which are operable."

12/14/2016 - PharmaBiz. KIMS Doctors Perform Unique Robotic Medical Procedure For Pancreatic Cancer. “Robotic whipples procedure is already being implemented for treating several cancers. However at KIMS we have successfully implemented this unique robotic surgery on three patients suffering from pancreatic cancer in various stages and medical conditions,” informed Dr Madhu.

12/05/2016 - NewsWeek. Tracking Down One Of Cancer's Deadliest Culprits, The RAS Family Of Genes. When it comes to the current state of cancer survival, Susan Bates feels like many of the rest of us. “It’s incredibly frustrating,” she says. For Bates, who treats pancreatic and other cancers at Columbia University Medical Center, the frustration is worsened by virtue of knowing her enemy—an elusive gene that “makes cancer grow very fast.” 

November 2016

11/08/2016 - The Health Site. 6 Common Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer. If you suffer from persistent pancreas infection or obesity, the risk of pancreatic cancer is high. Although the exact cause of pancreatic cancer is not known, knowing about its symptoms can help you to diagnose the cancer at an early stage. Dr Deepak Chhabra, Surgical Oncologist, Mumbai sheds light on common symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

October 2016

10/21/2016 - Let's Win. Can A Pancreatic Cancer Screening Test Become A Reality? As the 4th leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States, pancreatic cancer often goes unnoticed until it’s incurable.

10/20/2016 - The Sun. GOLD STANDARD. Tiny GOLD particles help fight cancer by carrying drugs to attack tumours. The nanoparticles help stop the spread of ovarian cancer, and now pancreatic cancer - which can be resistant to treatment.

10/11/2016 - Discover. FDA Approves First Artificial Pancreas Faster Than Anyone Expected. Convinced by the study results, the FDA approved Medtronic’s device, called the MiniMed 670G hybrid closed-loop system, for people with type 1 diabetes who are 14 years of age and older. 

10/05/2016 - National Caner Institute. Pancreatic Cancer Cells May Obtain Nutrients From Neighboring Cells. Pancreatic cancer cells grow by instructing neighboring cells to provide them with nutrients, a new study published online August 10 in Naturehas shown.

10/04/2016 - Fred Hutch. A New Model For Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Research. Flexible, precision-medicine trial ‘driven by doing what is best for the individual patient.’

September 2016

09/26/2016 - The Wall Street Journal. Physicians And Physicists Join Forces To Fight Pancreatic Cancer! By bringing together experts from different fields, scientists seek answers to complex medical problems. This is exactly what Rolfe Foundation is talking about when we say that we are Smarter Together.

09/21/2016 - Let's Win. Understanding A Family’s Risk For Pancreatic Cancer. With inherited genetic changes probably playing a role in most pancreatic cancers, researchers are keen to identify people at risk for the disease.

09/19/2016 - The Daily Texan. Cell-Simulating Chip Offers Testing Ground for Cancer Drugs. A gold plated chip that measures the electrical current inside damaged DNA for monitoring the effectiveness of cancer drugs.

09/14/2016 - OncLive. Unfortunately, in Pancreatic Cancer, immune therapy is not making the same strides that we’ve seen with other cancers. And the reason for that is that for immunotherapy to work, it needs a number of things. One of them is that it needs certain immune cells, we call them T cells, to be available around the cancer cell, to be able to destroy the cancer cells when they are stimulated to do so.

09/08/2016 - The Washington Post. Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Panel Names Top 10 Ways To Speed Progress Against The Disease. The Obama administration's "cancer moonshot" took a major step forward Wednesday when a committee of top cancer researchers and patient advocates recommended an ambitious set of scientific goals designed to sharply accelerate progress against the disease.

09/07/2016 - PR Newswire. Immune System Infighting Explains Pancreatic Cancer's Aggression. Internal conflict between cell types explains why the immune system struggles to recognize and attack pancreatic cancer. Curbing this infighting has the potential to make treatment more effective, according to a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and its Perlmutter Cancer Center.

09/06/2016 - The Guardian. New Drug 'Wakes Up' Immune System To Fight One Of Deadliest Cancers. This new drug attacks cancer and has extended the lives of people with metastatic pancreatic cancer and has no side-effects, raising hopes for a new and powerful tool against the most intractable form of the disease.

August 2016

08/31/2016 - UofM News. Pancreatic Cancer Uses Alternative Fuel to Grow in a Hostile Environment. Inside a pancreatic tumor is a hostile environment. Cancer cells are choked off from the blood vessels, blocking access to oxygen and nutrients. A metabolic cross-talk pathway between cancer and noncancer cells in pancreatic tumors delivers an alternative nutrient to the cancer cells, facilitating tumor growth.

08/29/2016 - UofG News. Pancreatic Cancer Trial To Make Tumours More Sensitive To Treatment. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) launches a first-of-its-kind pancreatic cancer clinical trial to make cancer cells more responsive to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The trial, which launches in four hospitals across the UK, will treat pancreatic cancer patients whose cancer has grown too big to be removed by surgery but has not yet spread to other parts of the body.

08/26/2016 - VOX. Cancer Is Now The Leading Cause Of Death in 22 States. Surprisingly, That’s Good News. A 2016 report from the American Cancer Society shows, better cancer detection means more cases are being diagnosed that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

08/25/2016 - EurekAlert! Johns Hopkins Scientists Track Metabolic Pathways To Find Drug Combination For Pancreatic Cancer. "We have to hit cancer cells from more than one angle, and that's made it important to learn how to combine drugs that hit the right combination of pathways," says Anne Le, M.D., H.D.R..

08/24/2016 - Dana Farber Institute. Can Pancreatic Cancer Be Inherited? Most cases of pancreatic cancer develop for unknown reasons, but about 10 percent occur in families that have a strong history of the disease. That doesn’t mean that if you are a member of such a family you will develop pancreatic cancer, but rather that you are at a higher risk for it.

08/24/2016 - Medical Xpress. Pancreatic Cancer Resists Personalized Medicine - What Researchers Are Doing To Fight Back. A team led by University of Arizona researchers is taking a new, patient-directed approach to treating pancreatic cancer. 

08/23/2016 - DW. Fighting Cancer With Methadone - Making Chemotherapy More Powerful. Certain types of chemotherapy apparently work better, when supplemented with the opioid methadone. 

08/22/2016 - UPI. Compound From Marine Sponge May Reduce Pancreatic Tumor Size. The compound induces programmed cell death of pancreatic tumors, and showed potential efficacy against several other types of cancer in lab tests.

08/18/2016 - Let's Win. The Impact of BRCA is Broader Than Breast and Ovarian Cancer. Research shows that 5% of BRCA2 carriers develop Pancreatic Cancer.

08/16/2016 - Siteman Cancer Center. $10.4 Million Awarded For ‪‎Pancreatic Cancer‬ Research! The award, a prestigious Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant, will help scientists pursue new treatments for the deadliest form of the disease, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, including development of more effective chemotherapies and a vaccine.

08/09/2016 - Medical News Today. Novel drug Therapy Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells By Reducing Levels of Antioxidants. Reducing levels of antioxidants in pancreatic cancer cells can help kill them, newly published research reveals, suggesting an entirely new treatment strategy for the notoriously lethal illness, in which less than 5 percent of patients survive 5 years.

July 2016

07/28/2016 - Science Daily. Immune-Based Therapy in Mice Shows Promise Against Pancreatic Cancer. A new study in mice has shown that immunotherapy against pancreatic cancer can be effective when given in conjunction with drugs that break up the fibrous tissue in these tumors.

07/13/2016 - Sacramento Bee. Walking, Not Sitting, in Office Meetings Provide Exercise Boost. That may not sound like much, but it ties in with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that Americans get at least 150 minutes of weekly physical activity to stay healthy.

07/12/2016 - EurekaAlert. Study Sheds Light on True Risk for Pancreatic Cancer in Patients with Cysts. A look back at more than half a million patient records has established that patients with pancreatic cysts have a significantly higher overall risk of‪ Pancreatic Cancer‬ compared to those without such cysts.

June 2016

06/10/2016 - NY Times. Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries. Scientists say they may be able to identify internet users who are suffering from pancreatic cancer, even before they have received a diagnosis of the disease.

06/07/2016 - Fox News. New Study Links Pancreatic Cancer to 2 Types of Bacteria Found in Gum Disease. Gum disease may cause more than just bad breath, according to a new study, which points to a connection between periodontal disease as a potential early marker for pancreatic cancer. This could pave the way for early detection!

06/07/2016 - Fortune. The Cancer Biopsy of the Future Could Be a Simple Blood Test. One of the biggest stories so far out of the world’s largest cancer conference doesn’t have to do with a groundbreaking drug, but rather a revolutionary new way of genetically sequencing patients’ cancers that could reduce the need for painful and pricey biopsies.

06/07/2016 - Science Daily. Novel Imaging Model Helps Reveal New Therapeutic Target for Pancreatic Cancer. A new imaging model allowed researchers to track drug resistance, and also revealed a new therapeutic target, which early testing suggests could provide a strategy to arrest Pancreatic Cancer‬ growth.

06/03/2016 - The Telegraph. New Cancer Drug Regime Could Double Survival Rates for Thousands of Patients. "Patients suffering from one of the most deadly types of cancer should be switched to a new drug regime that almost doubles their chance of survival, researchers say.

May 2016

05/25/2016 - Mayo Clinic. Chemo, Radiation, Surgery Combo Boosts Survival for Pancreatic Cancer Patients with Veins Involved. “We’re definitely seeing a revolution,” says Mark Truty, M.D., a gastrointestinal surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., “A lot of this has to do with better chemotherapy drugs and use of what we call multimodal therapy: chemotherapy, radiationand then an aggressive operation. Now we can potentially offer these therapies to patients who previously were told they had no options.”

05/25/2016 - Cebu Daily News. High School Research Seeks to Fight Cancer, Reaps Int’l Recognition. Young Scientist Arianwen Rollan, 17, wins global recognition for her research on the anti-tumor properties of malunggay seeds after she lost her grandmother to ‪‎Pancreatic Cancer‬.

05/18/2016 - TED. Good News in the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer. TED Fellow and biomedical entrepreneur Laura Indolfi is developing a revolutionary way to treat this complex and lethal disease: a drug delivery device that acts as a cage at the site of a tumor, preventing it from spreading and delivering medicine only where it's needed. "We are hoping that one day we can make pancreatic cancer a curable disease," she says.

05/12/2016 - Let's Win. We Are Excited and Proud to Support The Launch of Let's Win! This is an online community for those affected by‪ Pancreatic Cancer‬ to share experiences with innovative science driven treatments and learn about the newest research, breakthroughs and clinical trials. Join us today at and "Let's Win" this battle against pancreatic cancer! 

05/04/2016 - Purdue. Controlling the cholesterol metabolism can reduce ‪Pancreatic Cancer‬ spread to other organs. According to Ji-Xin Cheng, a professor in Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry, they "chose pancreatic cancer to test this approach because it is the most aggressive disease of all the cancers."

April 2016

04/19/2016 - Business-Standard. Indian-American Scientist Engineers T-cells to Treat Pancreatic Cancer. In ground-breaking research, a scientist has engineered T-cells -- a type of immune cells -- to break the pancreatic cancer's physical and immunological walls using immunotherapy.

04/15/2016 - ZeeNews. Implantable Device May Soon Shrink Pancreatic Tumours in Humans. Washington: In pioneering research, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small, implantable device that delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumours.

04/13/2016 - Huffington Post. Silicon Valley Billionaire Sean Parker Donates $250 Million To Cancer Immunotherapy Research. Sean Parker’s latest venture, The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, will focus on the emerging field of cancer immunotherapy, which harnesses the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. The Institute aims to ensure members can easily share research discoveries and tools.

March 2016

03/02/2016 - Blasting News. Effective Immunotherapy Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer are on the Horizon. A better understanding of the types and weaknesses of pancreatic cancer has been achieved.

February 2016

02/25/2016 - BBC News. Major Insight Into Killer Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is at least four separate diseases each with a different cause and needing a different treatment, scientists have discovered. The researchers say this knowledge will lead to new drugs targeting the Achilles' heel of each patients' cancer and that they have already seen some "exceptional" results.

02/15/2016 - International Business Times. Spit Test For Cancer Takes 10 Minutes and Has Nearly Perfect Accuracy. A simple test that detects fragments of genetic material from cancers in your saliva has the potential to revolutionise cancer treatment. 

02/09/2016 - Medical News Today. Device Delivers Toxic Chemo Cocktail to Pancreatic Tumor, Spares Body. Researchers have found a way to hit pancreatic cancer hard with a drug-delivery device that puts a lethal combination of four chemo drugs directly into the tumor while limiting the impact on the rest of the body. 

January 2016

01/27/2016 - Cure Today. Survival Benefit With Onivyde Sustained in Updated Pancreatic Cancer Study Data. This study of Onivyde, 5-FU and leucovorin for the treatment of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer was presented at the 2016 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. 

01/27/2016 - Targeted Onc. Analysis Shows Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rates Lower in Real World Than Clinical Trials. Physicians often use clinical trial data to estimate expected survival for their patients; however, clinical trial results may not generalize to a broader population.

01/26/2016 - PhysOrg. Nanoparticles Combine Photodynamic and Molecular Therapies Against Pancreatic Cancer.  A nanoparticle drug-delivery system that combines two complementary types of anticancer treatment could improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer and other highly treatment-resistant tumors while decreasing toxicity.

01/21/2016 - Fierce Medical Devices. Novocure Moves Beyond Brain Cancer, Touts Pancreatic Cancer Data. Novocure announced that it will present data at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology showing that its Tumor Treating Fields therapy and first-line chemotherapy is tolerable and safe in advanced pancreatic cancer.

01/13/2016 - NBC News. Can Obama and Biden Really Cure Cancer? With research advancing more quickly than ever, it just might be the right time for Obama's "moonshot" to cure cancer, experts say.

01/13/2016 - IDSNEWS.COM. IU Researchers Connect Magnesium Intake to Prevention of Pancreatic Cancer. IU researchers found that magnesium intake may help in the prevention of pancreatic cancer, according to an IU press release.

01/11/2016 - American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society recently released their Cancer Statistics 2016 Report. Our continued work in building awareness, research, and support for Pancreatic Cancer is more necessary than ever after seeing these findings. READ MORE 

01/06/2016 - SBS.COM. Scientists Develop New Method for Catching Cancer Cells Before They Spread. New biosensor mouse helps researchers stop cancer in its tracks before it spreads to other organs.


December 2015

12/09/2015 - Johns Hopkins Medicine. Study Advances Potential Test to Sort Out Precancerous Pancreatic Cysts From More Harmless Ones. In a “look-back” analysis of data stored on 130 patients with pancreatic cysts, scientists at Johns Hopkins have used gene-based tests and a fixed set of clinical criteria to more accurately distinguish precancerous cysts from those less likely to do harm.

November 2015

11/23/2015 - University of Chicago Medicine. New Test May Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Pancreatobiliary and Other Gastrointestinal Cancers. The findings could offer doctors a method to diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier in patients.

October 2015

10/07/2015 - Pharmabiz. Immunovia, OHSU Collaborate on Early Detection Test for Pancreatic Cancer. Immunovia AB, and the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) formed a collaboration to confirm, validate and commercialise a blood test for the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

10/01/2015 - ABC News. Doctors Using Effective New Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer. A successful treatment for one kind of tumor is showing promise for people with pancreatic cancer.

September 2015

9/03/2015 - NBC News. [...] Immune Therapy Works Long-Term in Patients, Study Finds. A treatment in which immune cells are trained to seek and destroy cancer cells has worked for years in some patients with Luekemia. It is now being tested on patients with ‪Pancreatic Cancer‬.

09/01/2015 - Oncology Nurse Advisor. Molecular Partnership with Nerve-Guiding Protein Aids Spread of Pancreatic Cancer. Scientists have identified a molecular partnership in pancreatic cancer cells that might help to explain how the disease metastasizes, in some cases.

09/01/2015 - PR Newswire. MabVax Therapeutics HuMab 5B1 Antibody Is Highlighted at Upcoming World Molecular Imaging Congress in Five Separate Presentations. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) will present results on the use of MabVax's lead antibody as a PET imaging agent and as a radioimmunotherapy agent targeting pancreatic cancer. 

August 2015

08/03/2015 - Medical News Today. Urine Test for Pancreatic Cancer a Step Closer. A new study reveals how researchers have uncovered a biomarker for ‎Pancreatic Cancer‬ in patients' urine, paving the way for a low-cost, noninvasive test that could diagnose the disease in its early stages.

June 2015

06/26/2015 - Health News Digest. Multiple Genetic Changes Linked to Increased Pancreatic Cancer Risk. Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered four regions in the human genome where changes may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

06/25/2015 - Nature. A Biomarker for ‪Pancreatic Cancer‬ is Found. Glypican-1 identifies cancer exosomes and detects early pancreatic cancer. To see this information presented on NBC Nightly News click here.

06/12/2015 - Fox Business. Berg Hopes Big Data Will Lead to Breakthrough for Pancreatic Cancer. An estimated 40,560 people will die from pancreatic cancer this year.

May 2015

05/22/2015 - Hutch News. Researchers Discover Tumor Molecule That Causes Spread of Pancreatic Cancer. Fred Hutch researchers have found that a tumor molecule called RUNX3 acts like a traffic cop of sorts, determining whether pancreatic cancer cells will spread, or metastasize, to distant parts of the body or whether they will stay put.

05/20/2015 - News-Medical. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy aApears to be Safe, Effective for Some Pancreatic Cancer Patients. The Hopkins study also suggests, that (SBRT) may have some advantages over traditional radiation for some patients, because doses can be delivered over the course of one week, unlike six or seven weeks with standard radiation therapy

05/19/2015 - Medical Xpress. Study Discovers How Pancreatic Cancer Spreads to the Liver. Investigators say their discovery can lead to targeted treatments that delay metastasis, and could offer clinicians a new biomarker to test for the earliest signs of pancreatic cancer.

April 2015

04/30/2015 – Medical Xpress.  Pancreatic Cancer Risk Linked to Weak Sunlight.  Writing in the April 30 online issue of the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report pancreatic cancer rates are highest in countries with the least amount of sunlight.

04/27/2015 -  The Wallstreet Journal. The Future of Cancer: Closer to a Cure.  Decades into the declared modern war on cancer, scientists and clinicians are excited by what we are learning.

04/21/2015 – Mirror UK.  Protein Converts Pancreatic Cancer Cells Back into Healthy Cells.  Scientists working in the area of pancreatic cancer research have uncovered a technique that sees cancerous cells transform back into normal healthy cells.

04/19/2015 – New York Times.  New Blood Test Shows Promise in Cancer Fight.  Researchers in labs across the country are testing a potentially transformative innovation called the liquid biopsy.  It is a blood test that has only recently become feasible with the latest exquisitely sensitive techniques.

04/13/2015 – EurekAlert. Mayo Profile Identifies Patients Most at Risk of Developing Pancreatic Cancer.  A team of international physicians, led by researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida has developed a profile of the patient who would be most at risk of developing lesions that are most likely to develop into cancer.