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Study sheds light on how pancreatic cancer begins

  • Posted: November 30, 2012

A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is particularly devastating since the prognosis for recovery is usually poor, with the cancer most often not detected until late stages. Research led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego (home of the Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center) and UC San Francisco Schools of Medicine (home of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center) examined the tumor-initiating events leading to pancreatic cancer (also called pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma or PDA) in mice. Their work, published on line November 29 in the journal Cancer Cell, may help in the search for earlier detection methods and treatments.

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