Health Watch - Fighting Cancer: Pancreatic Cancer

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some victories in the fight against cancer. Pancreatic cancer can be devastating because it’s so difficult to fight, but researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found a new way to attack it.

A one-two punch of chemotherapy plus treatment with a synthetic compound that mimics a death-promoting compound that naturally occurs in cells has a dramatic effect on pancreatic cancer. This compound is what tells defective or unneeded cells to die, and when it doesn’t work, it allows cancer cells to multiply.

Dr. Rolf Brekken, a UT Southwestern cancer expert, says this treatment not only significantly shrank pancreatic cancer tumors, but also resulted in longer lives in animal studies. The same treatment is also being tested on breast and lung cancer.

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April 2010


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