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Testing a Different Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

“Can a drug used to treat other diseases help pancreatic cancer patients who are not disease-free after surgery to remove the primary tumor?

A pancreatectomy or Whipple procedure can remove a patient’s main tumor, but post-surgical testing of lymph nodes and the edges of the tissue left after surgery often finds cancer cells. These patients are at high risk of recurrence of the disease. Researchers are trying to slow the recurrence of pancreatic cancer with a drug that is used for blood and bone marrow diseases, including some types of leukemia.”

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