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FDA grants orphan drug designation to PEGPH20 for pancreatic cancer

October 3, 2014
The FDA has granted orphan drug designation to pegylated recombinant human hyaluronidase for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, according to a press…

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Patients with advanced pancreatic NET achieved 44-month OS with Afinitor

September 29, 2014
Results from a phase 3 trial presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology 2014 Congress in Madrid showed overall survival of more than 3.5…

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FDA grants fast track designation to PEGPH20 program for metastatic pancreatic cancer

September 3, 2014
The FDA granted fast track designation today to Halozyme Therapeutics for its PEGPH20 program in treating patients with pancreatic cancer, according…

Industry News

Anthera Pharmaceuticals acquires Sollpura from Eli Lilly

July 18, 2014
Anthera Pharmaceuticals has acquired Sollpura from Eli Lilly and plans to license it to newly formed subsidiary Alkira Therapeutics for future…

In the Journals

Kimmel Cancer Center researchers develop pancreatic cancer vaccine

June 23, 2014
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a vaccine that “reprograms” pancreatic tumor cells to…

Meeting News Coverage

Oral microbiota levels may indicate pancreatic cancer

May 29, 2014
The presence of certain types of bacteria in the mouth could potentially be an indicator of pancreatic cancer in its early stages, according to study…

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Experts predict pancreatic cancer to be second leading cause of cancer death by 2030

May 20, 2014
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network said pancreatic cancer will become the second leading cause of cancer death by 2030, according to research…

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Radioimmunotherapy plus chemotherapy shows promise for metastatic pancreatic ductal cancer

May 19, 2014
Small doses of an investigational radioimmunotherapy combined with small doses of the chemotherapy drug gemcitabine were shown to provide…

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Novel pancreatic cancer biomarker panel may help diagnose early disease

May 19, 2014
Three new biomarkers, in addition to known biomarker CA 19-9, have been identified as an effective blood-based panel for pancreatic cancer screening…

In the Journals

Risk of acute pancreatitis reduced among patients using simvastatin

April 23, 2014
Simvastatin use was associated with a reduced risk of acute pancreatitis, according to new research. A retrospective cohort study (2006-2012)…

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Acute pancreatitis may be predictor of pancreatic adenocarcinoma

March 25, 2014
Many patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma initially presented with an episode of acute pancreatitis, and as long as 2 years elapsed between…

In the Journals

Hypoattenuated areas on CT scans of patients with pancreatic neoplasm indicative of mortality

March 19, 2014
Patients with intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the pancreas who exhibited hypoattenuated areas on computed tomography imaging were at…

In the Journals

Pyogenic liver abscess associated with heightened risk for GI cancer

January 23, 2014
Patients with pyogenic liver abscess are more than four times more likely to have gastrointestinal cancer, according to study results. “The…

In the Journals

Covered stents prove more effective in some distal biliary obstruction cases

January 8, 2014
Use of covered, self-expanding metal stents that employ an anti-migration system resulted in improved patency duration without additional…

Regulatory News

Stent OK’d for marketing to treat pseudocysts of pancreas

January 3, 2014
The FDA announced it will allow marketing of the Axios Stent and Delivery System to treat fluid- and tissue-filled cavities in the pancreas and…

Meeting News Coverage

Transplant may benefit patients with tumors of gastroentero-pancreatic origin

December 2, 2013
WASHINGTON — The competitive survival rates achieved using nontransplantation options for patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors of…

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Female patients with acute pancreatitis have better survival, shorter hospital stay

October 17, 2013
SAN DIEGO — Female sex was independently predictive of improved survival and reduced length of hospital stay due to acute pancreatitis in a…

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Bile VEGF levels distinguish pancreatic cancer from other biliary stricture causes

October 15, 2013
SAN DIEGO — Levels of vascular endothelial growth factor in bile may aid in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, according to a study presented…

In the Journals

Adjuvant gemcitabine improved survival after pancreatic cancer resection

October 10, 2013
Patients who underwent complete macroscopic removal of pancreatic cancer experienced better overall and disease-free survival after treatment with…

In the Journals

ACG releases guidelines for managing acute pancreatitis

September 6, 2013
The American College of Gastroenterology has issued practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of acute pancreatitis that appear in the…

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