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The Four Faces of Pancreatic Cancer February 24, 2016

Posted 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:

  • squamous-type
  • pancreatic progenitor
  • immunogenic
  • 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.


1. Jimbro - February 24, 2016

Pancreatic cancer is a tough one. I share the hope that medical science will get to a solution sooner than later.

2. Retired Geezer - February 24, 2016

I’ve known a couple of people that died from this. Seemed like it was fairly quickly after the diagnosis.

3. lauraw - February 24, 2016
4. geoff - February 24, 2016

Also from the UK: ‘Miraculous’ results from new MS treatment

These are amazing times we’re living in.

5. lauraw - February 25, 2016

WOW!!! Amazing indeed.

Faster, faster!

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