Early Diagnosis in High Risk Patients |
Pancreatic Cancer Clinic |
New Therapies |
Endoscopic Therapies |
Quality of Life
Molecular Research: Proteomics |
Molecular Research: Gene Identificaiton
Our researchers are keeping pace with and, in fact, advancing the frontiers of clinical care.
The genes that can cause pancreatic cancer are being sought. This will help further define which
family members are affected. When a genetic test to diagnose hereditary pancreatic cancer is discovered,
it may also prove useful in the more common non-hereditary types of pancreatic cancer. Epidemiologic
studies at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have uncovered
risk factors, such as smoking and exposure to dry cleaning fluids, which can dramatically influence the
cancer risk of patients who have a positive family history. Similar environmental factors may be found
in the more common non-familial pancreatic cancers. Exciting basic research and clinical trials are ongoing
to develop even better methods of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment.