Researchers hope to get best chemotherapy cocktail for pancreatic cancer

A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is like a death sentence for most people, so receiving the right chemotherapy drugs is crucial to prolong and improve quality of life.

New research hopes to find a biomarker or sign in people’s pancreatic tumours that would indicate to doctors what treatment would work best. Currently, there are no such indicators identified and oncologists are forced to guess and give drug cocktails with nasty side effects without knowing if the medications will work.

If patients do have that protein, Gemcitabine is believed to work well and is more gentle to the system than another chemotherapy drug, which can cause nausea, nerve damage in the fingers and toes and the sensation that the patient’s throat is closing. Read more…

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