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Tiny samples could yield big predictive markers for pancreatic cancer
Date:3/10/2009

e researchers are looking to expand their study and to follow patients over a longer period of time to see how well this biomarker profile predicts the likelihood that a pancreatic lesion already contains or may develop into pancreatic cancer, but they will need to recruit more patients. Fortunately, it helps that they can do more with less, as their technique can find biomarkers amid very small amounts of fluid obtained from small pancreatic lesions that are less than one centimeter (0.39 inches) in size.

"We are in great need for powerful tests, such as the ones that Dr. Yeung performs, which require only a tiny volume of fluid but can provide a tremendous amount of useful information," says Tokar. "We will need to work with colleagues at multiple medical centers to continue studying this promising technique for evaluating pancreatic cyst fluid, in hopes of building enough evidence to make it a routine part of patient care."


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Contact: Greg Lester
gregory.lester@fccc.edu
215-728-2753
Fox Chase Cancer Center
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