Study Offers Promise for Detecting Pancreatic Cancer
Using novel protein microarray technology, researchers have identified a panel of 10 protein biomarkers found in blood samples that proved highly accurate at detecting the existence of pancreatic cancer and identifying truly negative samples.
Several biomarker experts called the findings preliminary but promising. But there is still much work to be done before a commercially available test could reach the clinic, acknowledged the study's leader, Dr. Anna E. Lokshin of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Read more
What's Next for Cancer Stem Cells?
The concept of cancer stem cells has generated great excitement in the research community. These cells - the hallmark of which is resistance to therapy and the ability to self-renew and produce a differentiated population of daughter cells - have been identified in many solid and hematopoietic cancer types.
With the intention of supporting research in this new field, on November 1, we held the first NCI Stem Cell Mini-Retreat, where NCI and NIH researchers and extramural investigators gathered to learn from each other about the latest advances in stem cell research and to identify opportunities for collaboration that could significantly advance the field, expand translational opportunities, and leverage resources. Read more