Healio Coverage

November 21, 2020
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Eight important updates for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month


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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

The observance is intended to raise awareness about the disease and the need for more effective therapies.

Metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
Source: Adobe Stock.

In conjunction with the observance, Healio and HemOnc Today present the following eight updates in pancreatic cancer research and treatment.

  • Recent-onset diabetes accompanied by weight loss appeared to be associated with a substantially higher risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Read more.
  • Alexander Raufi, MD, explores how genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and in-depth analyses of the tumor immune microenvironment have uncovered new therapeutic targets for which promising novel agents are being tested. Read more.
  • A liquid biopsy has shown promise for the early detection and staging of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Read more.
  • NantKwest and ImmunityBio have partnered on a phase 2 trial to examine the efficacy and safety of a chemoimmunotherapy regimen for treatment of metastatic or locally advanced pancreatic cancer. Read more.
  • Increases in the proportion of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage and younger age may be due to improvements in early detection and diagnosis. Read more.
  • A precision medicine approach to therapy significantly extended survival for patients with pancreatic cancer compared with standard chemotherapy. Read more.
  • Researchers developed an enzyme-targeting drug that could prolong survival for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Devimistat (CPI-613, Rafael Pharmaceuticals) will be evaluated in combination with modified FOLFIRINOX in a phase 3 clinical trial. Read more.
  • Men with a family history of pancreatic cancer should be tested for hereditary cancer genes to guide surveillance and screening strategies for prostate cancer, according to recommendations developed at a multidisciplinary consensus conference. Read more.