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See below for news about developments in pancreatic cancer research around the world.

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September 2014

Modified vitamin D shows promise as treatment for pancreatic cancer

30 September 2014
A synthetic form of vitamin D has been found to collapse the thick fibrous tissue, called stroma, surrounding pancreatic tumours, making the cancer much easier for drugs to reach. …more information

Bacterial 'communication molecules’ could stop and kill pancreatic cancer cells

26 September 2014
A new study at the University of Missouri has found that a molecule used as a communication system by bacteria can be manipulated to prevent cancer cells from spreading. …more information

August 2014

100,000 Genome Project

1 August 2014
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA has been announced today by the Prime Minister …more information

June 2014

Scientists discover new route to boost pancreatic cancer treatment

2 June 2014
UK scientists have revealed fresh insight into how a the most common chemotherapy drug used to treat pancreatic cancer – gemcitabine – is broken down in tumour cells. …more information

May 2014

UK study finds new way to potentially halt pancreatic cancer spread

24 May 2014
UK based researchers have shown how switching off a key protein in pancreatic cells slows the spread of the disease to other tissues. …more information

US researchers identify pancreatic cancer's “Achilles heel”

4 May 2014
A US research team from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington has published a study showing that inhibiting a single protein completely shuts down growth of pancreatic cancer. …more information

Pancreas cells detected in bloodstream in early stages of pancreatic cancer

2 May 2014
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System in the US have used a new blood test to detect pancreas cells in the bloodstream. …more information

Pancreatic cancer death rate increase predicted by EU research

1 May 2014
New European statistics show that death rates from pancreatic cancer and lung cancer are predicted to rise as death rates from other cancers will continue to fall. …more information

April 2014

CRUK announces strategic focus on pancreatic and other low survival cancers

30 April 2014
New figures released by Cancer Research UK show that half of all cancer patients are predicted to live for at least 10 years – a significant improvement on figures for the 1970s, when 50% of patient …more information

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