Why is pancreatic cancer a silent killer?

20th May, 2013 2:42
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Charles ImberCharles Imber

New research carried out at the Mayo Clinic in the USA highlight a potential marker that could be used to find out whether someone has pancreatic cancer or chronic pancreatitis. The two conditions are difficult to tell apart.

The researchers have found a single marker that can be identified in digestive juices extracted during a routine endoscopy. The test needs a lot of development work but it could have an accuracy of over 90%.

Mr Charles Imber comments: ā€œIt is good that pancreatic cancer research is coming up with new ideas about detecting and treating this disease. We desperately need to improve survival rates and early ...

Pancreatic stenting ā€“ is it useful?

8th August, 2012 6:50
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A major meta-analysis looking at how patient outcomes can be improved by adding a stent to the pancreatic duct during major surgery that requires a pancreatic resection followed by a join between the pancreas and the bowel was published in August 2012.

The operation, known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy involves cutting the head of the pancreas away, normally because it contains a tumour. Both the pancreas and the pancreatic duct are then sewn into a loop made in the jejunum, which is part of the small intestine. This allows pancreatic juices to flow out of the pancreas and directly into the intestine. This join can leak in up to 15 % ...

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