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PANCREAS CANCER LEAD TIME

THE TIME BETWEEN WHEN PANCREAS CANCER FIRST DEVELOPS AND WHEN IT BECOMES LIFE THREATENING IS SURPRISINGLY LONG, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Pancreas cancer is a killer, with most people dying within two years of diagnosis.  Now Johns Hopkins research led by Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue has shown that genetic changes accumulated by the tumors follow a very different timeline.

IACOBUZIO-DONAHUE: How long does it take from when a pancreatic cancer first forms until it led to the death of that patient?  What we found was really surprising because most people believe that pancreatic cancer develop and spread very rapidly, but we actually found that it takes at least two decades from the time that it first forms until the time that it actually kills the patient, so there is a very, very long window of opportunity, but are just diagnosing people far too late.   :32

Iacobuzio-Donahue says she suspects many more types of cancer also develop far earlier than anyone knew.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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