Is earlier detection of pancreatic cancer possible?

Perhaps not now, but maybe one day in the not too distant future it may be, if some research published in Science is to be believed.  Sally Church discusses the data and looks at how the preclinical animal research might be useful, once validated in large scale human clinical trials on Pharma Strategy Blog (link).

Pancreatic cancer is a particularly nasty cancer because it is most often detected late in stage IV due to relatively indolent and vague symptoms. Ultimately, an accurate screening test would be more valuable in the long run and potentially help to pick up the disease earlier, when prognosis is much better.

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