PANCREATIC CANCER DEVELOPS 'ALL AT ONCE', LIKE A 'BIG BANG': TORONTO RESEARCHERS

Oct 13, 2016

By Jane Brown

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It seems pancreatic cancer develops like a big bang!

Researchers from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and University Health Network’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre say many of the important changes that are thought to cause pancreatic cancer happen “all at once”. Using whole genome sequencing, the researchers reconstructed the history of pancreatic cancer development in 100 independent tumours and they were able to get some perspective into why pancreatic cancer is so aggressive.

The scientists hope that these findings could improve diagnosis and help predict how the disease will develop and when it will spread.

One of the study’s co-authors is Doctor Steve Gallinger. He is also one of the oncologists who treated our own Libby Znaimer, a pancreatic cancer survivor.

Gallinger says pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly types of cancer and still one of the least understood.

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Watch Libby Znaimer’s documentary “Cancer Saved My Life” on Vision TV On Monday October 17th at 9pm. Click here to see a preview.

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