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UNC study finds genetic marker in vitamin D receptor gene associated with increased pancreatic cancer survival

  • Posted: June 21, 2012

Pancreatic cancer patients with a genetic marker linked to increased expression of the receptor for vitamin D have higher rates of overall survival, according to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's Pancreatic Cancer: Progress and Challenges conference, held in Lake Tahoe, Nev., June 18-21. The study was conducted by scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. UNC is home to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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