The Four Faces of Pancreatic Cancer February 24, 2016Posted by geoff in News.
Pancreatic cancer felled my father about 6 years ago, so I was pleased to see this:
Pancreatic cancer is at least four separate diseases each with a different cause and needing a different treatment, scientists have discovered….
The analysis, published in the journal Nature, looked at 456 patients’ cancer….
While all the pancreatic cancers looked similar, there were four classes of genetic error that led to tumour formation.
And these four cancers have been labelled:
- pancreatic progenitor
- aberrantly differentiated endocrine exocrine
This realization that diseases have many subtypes is starting to occur for other cancers and for neurodegenerative diseases as well. Should be a vast help in interpreting clinical trials data and developing new drugs.