Many research programs are going underway to find the cure and an early detection method to help pancreatic cancer patients.
Doctors and researchers are working hard to learn more and more about pancreatic cancer and about providing the best care to people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Following areas of research also include the pancreatic cancer research walk. If someone wants to volunteer for the treatment, feel free to support.
- The early stage of pancreatic cancer revolves around the studies of genetics and treatment of cancer in the early stages. So far, doctors have been successful in curing cancer in its early stages through surgical methods. But, there is not a lot of progress to finding the cure methods for the later stages of cancer. The surgical procedures that are now used to cure pancreatic cancer patients are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and PanNET.
- Researchers are now paying attention to the key events of how the disease develops and progresses and what is the key role of diabetes. Researchers believe that figuring out the onset of diabetes, which possibly can be an early sign of pancreatic cancer, can help to prevent and cure the disease. EUROPAC (Hereditary Pancreatitis and Familial Pancreatic Cancer) is running the trial to figure out whether the regular screening will work for people with a family history of the disease.
- The researcher of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recently has clarified the long-established connection between inflammation and the development of pancreatic cancer. A study published in Science stated that inflammation could be the result of human body action to prevent tissue damage against pancreatic cancer. However, inflammation can promote tumor formation if the mutant KRAS is present in the human body.
- Another major breakthrough through the study of pancreatic cancer is immunotherapy. Immunotherapy includes a number of clinical trials that have been done or are ongoing about the use of cancer vaccines that are used to treat pancreatic cancer. Such types of vaccines can be made from different sources consisting of pancreatic cancer cells and bacteria. Depending on the circumstance after the chemotherapy, these vaccines can be prescribed to a patient. Some ongoing studies in pancreatic cancer are also testing the combination of different immunotherapies, including the combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
- Also, researchers have been considering the options of adoptive immunotherapy, which is a method to genetically modify a person's T cells. Another major update that has been changing the course of treating a pancreatic patient is keyhole surgery or laparoscopy that is being considered to replace Whipple's procedure in every aspect of recovery time.
- Researchers have found that irreversible electroporation is relatively a novel technique with the potential of prolonging survival of patients who have advanced pancreatic cancer, especially for those who have proximity to peri-pancreatic vessels without causing a vascular trauma to the patient.
These were some pancreatic cancer updates that the world has witnessed in recent years. If you want to help a pancreatic cancer patient or want to participate in the trials as a volunteer, you can join with I-PCC. I-PCC is a non-profit organization that funds pancreatic cancer research programs. You can help the ongoing research programs and also take the guidance for treatment from I-PCC.