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Pancreatic Cancer

Recent Progress and Concepts in Pancreatic Cancer

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, the impetus for this article. Pancreatic cancer is a huge health challenge. It's the eighth most common cancer in the United States and the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths but is expected to become the second most common cause of...

Pancreatic Cancer

Impact of Neoadjuvant Therapy on Survival in Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

In a propensity score–matched analysis of National Cancer Database data reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mokdad et al found that neoadjuvant therapy followed by resection was associated with a survival benefit vs upfront resection. Patricio M. Polanco, MD, of the Division of Surgical...

Pancreatic Cancer

Let’s Win: Innovative Online Community Offers Guidance to Patients With Pancreatic Cancer and Their Families

Let’s Win is an online community for persons with pancreatic cancer (www.letswinpc.org), but it is far more than a typical support group. Let’s Win propels interested users toward cutting-edge research, based on its founders’ commitment that no patient with pancreatic cancer should settle on the...

Pancreatic Cancer

Vaccines May Boost Immune Responsiveness of Pancreatic Tumors

Pancreatic cancer has been notably unresponsive to immunotherapeutic approaches, but a Stand Up 2 Cancer Dream Team believes their research can change that. Team co-leader Elizabeth Jaffee, MD, Deputy Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, ...

Pancreatic Cancer

Scientists Are Boosting Immune Responses in Pancreatic Tumors

The successes observed with various immune oncologic treatment approaches have largely bypassed pancreatic cancer, but this may be about to change, based on emerging insights into how and why these tumors evade attacks by T cells. At the 2nd International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference, two...

Pancreatic Cancer

Precision Promise Clinical Trial Focuses on Precision Medicine, Collaboration, and Data-Sharing in Pancreatic Cancer

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network recently announced Precision Promise, the first large-scale precision medicine trial designed to transform outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer. The organization also announced the 12 initial Precision Promise Clinical Trial Consortium sites selected to...

Pancreatic Cancer

AACR, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Awards Research Grants to Early-Career Investigators

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network awarded nine grants to outstanding scientists who will undertake novel research in the field of pancreatic cancer. “By recruiting the brightest scientists with the most novel ideas, we continue to build a ...

Pancreatic Cancer

ASCO Guideline on Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Davendra P.S. Sohal, MD, MPH, of Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer.1 Recommendations are based on an expert panel systematic review of...

Pancreatic Cancer

ASCO Guideline on Treatment of Locally Advanced, Unresectable Pancreatic Cancer

As reported by Edward P. Balaban, DO, FASCO, of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of locally advanced, unresectable pancreatic cancer.1 The recommendations are based on expert...

Pancreatic Cancer

ASCO 2016 Guidelines for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer: Why Another Guideline?

The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer remains stubbornly fixed around 5%. Even in the 20% of cases in which surgical resection is undertaken for curative intent, the 5-year survival rate after surgery is 20% to 30%. As we make progress in other cancers with decreasing...

Pancreatic Cancer

ASCO Guideline on Potentially Curable Pancreatic Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Alok A. Khorana, MD, of Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of potentially curable pancreatic cancer.1 The recommendations are based on an expert panel systematic review of the...

Pancreatic Cancer

Precision Medicine Clinical Trial for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Now Open at Multiple Sites

The first clinical trial to compare standard-of-care chemotherapy with molecularly tailored therapy (also known as precision medicine) for metastatic pancreatic cancer is now enrolling patients at multiple sites around the country. Patients who have been treated with one round of chemotherapy for...

Gastrointestinal Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Colorectal Cancer

Treatment Update in Gastric, Pancreatic, and Colorectal Cancers

Although new gastrointestinal cancers are on the rise, advancements in their treatment, as well as the upcoming results of perioperative trials, could prove to be “clinical practice game-changers,” declared Thomas J. George, Jr, MD, FACP, at the 2016 Community Oncology Conference in Orlando,...

solid tumors
pancreatic cancer

ASCO Releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Davendra P. Sohal, MD, MPH, of Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Recommendations are based on expert panel systematic review of the...

solid tumors
pancreatic cancer

ASCO Releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Treatment of Locally Advanced, Unresectable Pancreatic Cancer

As reported by Edward P. Balaban, DO, of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of locally advanced, unresectable pancreatic cancer. The recommendations are based on expert panel...

solid tumors
pancreatic cancer

ASCO Releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Treatment of Potentially Curable Pancreatic Cancer

ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of potentially curable pancreatic cancer, as reported by Alok A. Khorana, MD, of Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The recommendations are based on expert panel systematic review of the literature...

Pancreatic Cancer

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improves Survival in Pancreatic Cancer

An adjuvant chemotherapy regimen improved overall survival in early-stage pancreatic cancer patients, in the large phase III European ESPAC-4 study reported at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.1 The combination of gemcitabine and capecitabine almost doubled the 5-year survival rate, compared to...

pancreatic cancer

John P. Neoptolemos, MD, PhD, on Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: Results of the ESPAC-4 Trial

John P. Neoptolemos, MD, PhD, of the University of Liverpool, discusses findings from this international phase III study of adjuvant combination chemotherapy: gemcitabine and capecitabine vs monotherapy gemcitabine in patients with resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (Abstract LBA4006).

Pancreatic Cancer

No Survival Benefit Reported With Chemoradiotherapy vs Continued Chemotherapy in Controlled Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

In the phase III GERCOR LAP07 trial reported by Pascal Hammel, MD, of Beaujon Hospital, Clichy, France, and colleagues in JAMA, there was no survival benefit of chemoradiotherapy vs continued chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer controlled after 4 months of gemcitabine...

solid tumors
pancreatic cancer

Prolonged Survival Reported With First-Line FOLFIRINOX in Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

First-line FOLFIRINOX (leucovorin, fluorouracil, irinotecan, oxaliplatin) is associated with median overall survival of approximately 2 years in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer, according to a systematic review and patient-level meta-analysis reported by Suker et al in The Lancet...

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NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®): 2016 Guidelines

In 1996, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) published its first set of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology® (NCCN Guidelines®), covering eight tumor types. The NCCN Guidelines® are now published for more than 60 tumor types and topics. Some of the key updates for 2016 were...

Pancreatic Cancer

Phase Ib/II Study Reports High Response Rates Seen With Addition of Cisplatin to Regimen for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

The oncology research team at HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, is spearheading a phase Ib/II trial that is demonstrating promising results with a novel regimen in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. “The patients we are treating have advanced adenocarcinoma of the...

pancreatic cancer

Mahmoud Al-Hawary, MD, on Pancreatic Cancer: The Role of Imaging

Mahmoud Al-Hawary, MD, of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses the role of radiology in diagnosing and staging pancreatic tumors, optimizing imaging techniques, and the value of structured reporting.

Pancreatic Cancer

‘Know Your Tumor’ Program Aids Patients With Pancreatic Cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer can obtain molecular tumor profiling through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Know Your TumorSM precision medicine initiative, a partnership with Perthera, a personalized medicine service company that facilitates the multi-omic profiling and generates the...

Pancreatic Cancer

Optimizing Outcomes in Pancreatic Cancer

Evidence has long supported a volume-outcome relationship for surgical resection of pancreatic cancer, yet surgery alone is not enough to prolong survival in patients with localized disease. James L. Abbruzzese, MD, of Duke University and Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, North Carolina, discussed his ...

breast cancer
pancreatic cancer

Study Finds Mechanism by Which Obesity Promotes Pancreatic and Breast Cancers

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of obesity to promote cancer progression. In their report published by Incio et al in Clinical Cancer Research, the research team describes finding an association between obesity and an...

pancreatic cancer
issues in oncology

Preclinical Device Hits Pancreatic Tumors With Drug Cocktail, Sparing the Body

A highly lethal cancer sometimes requires large doses of highly toxic drugs. However, a blitzkrieg approach can be unfeasible for some patients due to severe side effects. Now a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that an implantable device can deliver a ...

pancreatic cancer
hematologic malignancies

Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, and Margaret A. Tempero, MD, on Multidisciplinary Management of Pancreatic Cancer

Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Margaret A. Tempero, MD, of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, discuss drugs developed for hematologic malignancies that have activity in pancreatic cancer, vaccines, neoadjuvant treatment, and the need to focus on activated RAS.

pancreatic cancer
hepatobiliary cancer

Joel E. Tepper, MD, on Radiotherapy in Liver and Pancreatic Cancers

Joel E. Tepper, MD, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, discusses the ways in which SBRT has changed radiotherapy, as demonstrated in key studies presented at this year's meeting on stereotactic body radiotherapy for liver metastases and hepatocellular carcinoma, and borderline resectable and unresectable pancreatic tumors (Abstracts 253, 255, 351, 357).

pancreatic cancer

James L. Abbruzzese, MD, on Pancreatic Cancer: Expert Perspective

James L. Abbruzzese, MD, of Duke University, discusses the international outlook on patterns of care and their impact on outcomes.

pancreatic cancer

Pancreas Cancer Liquid Biopsy: Proof-of-Principle Study

Pancreatic cancer tumors are ripe for analysis with a liquid biopsy, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In a proof-of-principle study published recently in Annals of Oncology,1 the investigators reported on research in which they conducted whole-genome,...

palliative care
pancreatic cancer

2016 GI Symposium: Irinotecan Liposome Injection in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer: Updated Results of the Phase III NAPOLI-1 Study

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc, announced that an updated overall survival analysis of the phase III NAPOLI-1 study of irinotecan liposome injection (Onivyde) in combination with fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin achieved a substantial improvement in 12-month overall survival compared to 5-FU and...

Pancreatic Cancer

FDA Approves Sunitinib for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

The FDA approved sunitinib (Sutent) to treat patients with progressive neuroendocrine cancerous tumors located in the pancreas that cannot be removed by surgery or that have metastasized. This is the second new approval by the FDA to treat patients with this disease. On May 5, the agency approved...

Pancreatic Cancer

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Status to MM-398, a Nanotherapeutic Encapsulation of Irinotecan, to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc, announced that the FDA has granted MM-398 orphan drug status for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. MM-398 is a novel, stable nanotherapeutic encapsulation of the marketed chemotherapy drug irinotecan. MM-398 is partnered with PharmaEngine, Inc, for development and...

Thyroid Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Breast Cancer

Oncology Research a Strong Presence at the American College of Surgeons Meeting: New Data in Pancreatic, Rectal, Thyroid, and Breast Cancers

Research in cancer staging, surgical procedures, outcomes, and medical treatment was included among the 2,000 abstracts presented at the 97th Annual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in San Francisco. The ASCO Post was there to capture the latest findings. Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in...

Pancreatic Cancer

Anti-EpCAM Antibody-Drug Conjugate Shows High Activity against Pancreatic Cancer

Human epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is overexpressed in many cancers. Although anti-EpCAM antibodies have shown promise in preclinical studies, early-phase clinical evaluation of these antibodies has been disappointing. To determine whether the antitumor activity of anti-EpCAM antibody...

Pancreatic Cancer

Adjuvant Chemotherapy May Improve Survival for Patients with Periampullary Disease

The European Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC)-3 periampullary cancer trial found that adjuvant chemotherapy following surgical resection of periampullary adenocarcinoma “was not associated with a significant survival benefit in the primary analysis; however, multivariate analysis adjusting ...

Solid Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer

Ongoing and Future Directions in Pancreatic Cancer Research

Margaret A. Tempero, MD, is a pioneer in pancreatic cancer treatment and research. She has long been a leader in the research and development of therapeutics for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, particularly in studying investigational antibody-based therapies, developing the fixed-dose-rate...

pancreatic cancer

Daniel Von Hoff, MD, Recognized with Award as Research Leader in Pancreatic Cancer

Daniel Von Hoff, MD, Physician-In-Chief of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is the first recipient of the Lori Groetken Memorial Lecture and Award presented recently at Washington University in St. Louis. He delivered his lecture “A Relentless Molecular Pursuit Approach to Take...

pancreatic cancer

A Series of Medical Missteps

Since the beginning of my symptoms—occasional pain on the upper left side of my abdomen, accompanied at times by nausea—which started nearly 20 years ago, my condition, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, either remained undetected or was completely misdiagnosed until just recently. A series of...

pancreatic cancer

TH-302 plus Gemcitabine Delays Progression in Untreated Advanced Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma 

A novel drug that is activated under conditions of hypoxia significantly delayed progression in locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma when combined with gemcitabine in untreated patients. The findings of the randomized phase II TH-CR-04 trial were presented at the 2012 ESMO...

pancreatic cancer

Nab-paclitaxel/Gemcitabine Combination Improves Overall Survival in Pancreatic Cancer 

In patients with treatment-naive metastatic pancreatic cancer, the addition of nanoparticle albumin-bound (nab)-paclitaxel (Abraxane) to gemcitabine improved overall survival vs gemcitabine alone, in an international study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.1 New Standard...

solid tumors
pancreatic cancer

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Welcomes New Members to Its Medical Advisory Board

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has named four new members to the organization’s Medical Advisory Board. The newest advisors are leading clinicians in the field of pancreatic cancer: Joseph M. Herman, MD, MSc, Johns Hopkins University; George A. Fisher Jr, MD, PhD, Stanford University; James...

solid tumors
pancreatic cancer

Finding New Strategies to More Effectively Treat Pancreatic Cancer

While some progress has been made in understanding the molecular pathogenesis, genetic risk factors, and genomics of pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the disease remains one of the most challenging malignancies. According to Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) figures, 44,000 people were...

pancreatic cancer

Effects of siRNA Combining TGF-β1 Silencing and RIG-I Activation in Pancreas Cancer 

Dysregulation of TGF-β signaling promotes tumor growth, invasion, metastasis, and a potent immunosuppressive network in pancreas cancer. A strategy for disrupting the tumor-promoting pathway is the silencing of TGF-β by use of small-interfering (si) RNA. Ellermeier and colleagues found that the...

pancreatic cancer

Indiana University Researchers Earn $3.2 Million Grant to Develop, Improve Therapies for Pancreatic Cancer

Two Indiana University researchers have been awarded a multiyear, $3.2 million grant to develop and improve therapies for pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Mark R. Kelley, PhD, Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research, and Melissa ...

hepatobiliary cancer
pancreatic cancer
gastrointestinal cancer

Important Data and Treatment Advances Reported in GIST and in Pancreatic and Liver Cancers 

The 10th annual Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, held recently in San Francisco, was jointly sponsored by ASCO, the AGA (American Gastroenterological Association), ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology), and the SSO (Society of Surgical Oncology). “We seek to present the newest...

solid tumors
pancreatic cancer
global cancer care

Oral S-1 Noninferior to Gemcitabine in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer in Japan and Taiwan 

As reported by Hideki Ueno, MD, PhD, of National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, and colleagues in Journal of Clinical Oncology, treatment with the oral fluoropyrimidine derivative S-1 was associated with noninferior overall survival and reduced hematologic toxicity compared with gemcitabine...

pancreatic cancer

Elevated Serum miR-1290 May Distinguish Early Pancreatic Cancer  

In studies to identify circulating microRNA levels that could distinguish low-stage pancreatic cancer from healthy and disease controls, Li and colleagues, measured 735 microRNAs in pancreatic cancer case and control sera and selected 18 microRNA candidates for validation in an independent set of...

pancreatic cancer
issues in oncology

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Names 7-Year Survivor Chair of National Board of Directors 

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network recently announced the appointment of Laurie MacCaskill to Chair of the National Board of Directors of the organization, effective July 1, 2013. Ms. MacCaskill is the first pancreatic cancer patient to hold this position. Since her diagnosis in 2006, Ms....

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