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Response to preoperative therapy may predict survival in pancreatic cancer patients
Date:5/28/2010

tumors and classified their response to preoperative treatment as minor, partial, or major, based on the amount of fibrosis (scarring) in tumor tissue. For patients whose tumors showed major response to preoperative therapy, the median survival was more than five years, compared to seventeen months for those who showed minor response.

Although major response is relatively rareonly 19 percent of patients in the study were so classifiedthe findings give researchers and clinicians important information to build upon. "Going forward, if we can identify molecular factors in tumors associated with a major pathologic response, then we can make important progress in this disease," says Dr. Chun.


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Contact: Diana Quattrone
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
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