Navigation Links
Pancreatic survival rates at standstill for 4 decades
Date:8/6/2014

Long-term survival from pancreatic cancer has failed to improve in 40 years with the outlook remaining the lowest of the 21 most common cancers, according to new figures published by Cancer Research UK today.

Today just over three per cent of pancreatic cancer patients survive for at least five years, only a fraction more than the two per cent who survived that long in the early 1970s.

Across all cancers, half of patients now survive at least twice that long. But most cases of pancreatic cancer go undetected until it is too late for surgery. And with the lack of effective tests and treatments for the disease, the majority of patients still die within a year.

But Cancer Research UK is planning to more than double its 6 million annual research spend on pancreas cancer within five years, making inroads into an area of research that until now has been globally neglected. The disease is now under the spotlight across the charity's five institutes nationwide.

Professor Andrew Biankin is among the three quarters of scientists at Cancer Research UK's Beatson Institute at the University of Glasgow who are contributing to pancreatic cancer research.

He said: "Pancreatic cancer has very few symptoms at first and I see far too many patients who, out of the blue, are told they may have just months or even weeks to live. We've been waiting too long for new drugs to treat the disease and there are very few options available for people with advanced forms of the disease. It's a situation that simply has to change and we can only do that by funding more high quality research and trials, to get treatments out of the lab and into patients as soon as possible."

Working with Professor Sean Grimmond, Professor Biankin is leading a team of researchers studying the unique pattern of faults in tumour samples from 400 pancreatic cancer patients and comparing this to their treatment and outcomes to create a map that will help guide the treatment of future patients.

They're also trying to identify molecules that could be used as early warning signs for the disease, to help diagnose patients before their cancer becomes too advanced.

Yasmin, 41, from London, lost her father Shaukat to pancreatic cancer in 2008. She said: "I lost my dad just 18 months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I don't want other families to go through what we did.

"The more research we do, the more chances we have to find cures. Progress is being made but it's hard to cope with the fact that it couldn't help dad. By the time pancreatic cancer is diagnosed, it's often too late for treatment to work.

"I miss my dad every day. Life changes around you, things go on, but I'm always aware there's somebody missing."

Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer in the UK. Every year, around 8,800 people are diagnosed with the disease and around 8,300 die from it.

Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, said: "It's shocking that so many patients are still losing their lives to pancreatic cancer, which is why we've made it a priority to ignite a new wave of research that will see the disease detected earlier and much needed treatments getting to patients sooner.

"Overall, more than half of all cancer patients now survive at least a decade, which is testament to the power of research to transform people's lives. But disappointingly, we are nowhere near that level with pancreas cancer, and we won't stop until we can bring those kinds of results to all patients, regardless of their cancer type."


'/>"/>
Contact: Ailsa Stevens
ailsa.stevens@cancer.org.uk
020-346-98309
Cancer Research UK
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Pyruvate oxidation is critical determinant of pancreatic islet number and β-cell mass
2. New trick for old drug brings hope for pancreatic cancer patients
3. Unique study focuses on combined treatment approach for locally advanced pancreatic cancer
4. GW researcher receives more than $1 million in grants to study epigenetics of pancreatic cancer
5. Continued use of low-dose aspirin may lower pancreatic cancer risk
6. New target: Researchers identify pancreatic cancer resistance mechanism
7. Vaccine reprograms pancreatic cancers to respond to immunotherapy
8. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center vaccine study hopes to improve pancreatic cancer treatment
9. Endoscope with an oxygen sensor detects pancreatic cancer
10. Short nanotubes target pancreatic cancer
11. New therapy for pancreatic cancer patients shows promising results
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... Youth Futures International (YFI) premiered its Serve, Learn, & Empower program in 2009 ... have participated in the program every summer. The 2017 Serve, Learn, & Empower ... Visit http://www.ghana.yfiexperience.org to learn more. , “I have sent my daughter ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... AngioGenesis ... Walgreens store in Mississippi. AngioGenesis Labs, makers of HeartBoost, BrainBest and BeautyBest, achieved ... states. Ingredients in HeartBoost, an over the counter heart healthy drink, can reduce ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2017 , ... Dr. Angela ... early orthodontic treatment and accepting new pediatric patients, with or without a referral. Dr. ... patients have a better orthodontic outcome and experience. When patients receive early treatment, they ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Curio Wellness , a premium ... finalization of the company’s executive management team with prominent executives from both inside and ... Wellness’ Chief Operating Officer, Ted Dumbauld , who has more than twenty years ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Immunotherapy has emerged as one of ... and is touted to be the next revolution in our fight against this complex ... the form of immune checkpoint inhibitors such as PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors. , While ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... , Mar. 29, 2017 Research and ... Systems Market 2014 - 2025" report to their offering. ... ... USD 303.7 million by 2025. Increasing geriatric population prone to ... for orthopedic navigation systems over the forecast period. Osteoarthritis and ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... March 29, 2017  The Global Health Innovative ... partnership formed to battle infectious diseases around the ... million* that could help deliver a range of ... conditions. This latest round of ... clinical trial testing a pediatric formulation of a ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... BEACH, Calif. , March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... have recognized remote monitoring devices like  Soberlink Systems ...   The consensus paper, published in early 2017, ... practical and valuable in managing patient recovery." ... in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, detail a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: