Pancreatic Cancer

Future Research

Laboratory scientists are studying the pancreas to learn more about it. They are studying the possible causes of pancreatic cancer and are researching new ways to detect tumors. They also are looking for new therapies that may kill cancer cells.

Doctors in clinics and hospitals are conducting many types of clinical trials for pancreatic cancer. These are research studies in which people take part voluntarily. In these trials, researchers are studying pancreatic cancer treatment options. Research already has led to advances in treatment methods, and pancreatic cancer researchers continue to search for more effective approaches to treat this disease.

Patients who join clinical trials have the first chance to benefit from new pancreatic cancer treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about the disease. Although clinical trials for pancreatic cancer may pose some risks, researchers take very careful steps to protect their patients.

In trials with people who have pancreatic cancer, doctors are studying new drugs, new combinations of chemotherapy, and combinations of chemotherapy and radiation before and after surgery.

Biological therapy for pancreatic cancer is also under investigation. Scientists are studying several cancer vaccines to help the immune system fight cancer. Other studies use monoclonal antibodies to slow or stop the growth of pancreatic cancer. Patients who are interested in joining a clinical study should talk with their doctor.

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