Sunday, 17 January 2016

New Tissue Bank To Aid Pancreatic Cancer Research.


Approximately 8,875 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and about the same number die from it.  




There are two main groups of pancreatic cancer:
  • Exocrine - where the exocrine pancreatic cells are attacked, accounting for more than 95% of cases
  • Endocrine - where the hormone producing cells are attacked, accounting for less than 5% of cases 

    There are no symptoms or signs that can be detected in the early stages of pancreatic cancer, making it very difficult to diagnose. Diagnosis is a lengthy and complicated process, due to the necessity of ruling out a range of other possible illnesses that may cause similar symptoms or signs.

    Just 1% of those suffering from it are still alive ten years after diagnosis.
    The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF) has raised £2 million to develop a new tissue bank, available to researchers, with the aim of developing diagnostic tests that can improve early detection rates of the disease. Tissue samples will be taken from patients at six different hospitals across England and Wales.

    This could herald a new hope for pancreatic cancer sufferers of the future. 

    For further information on the diagnosis, stages and risk factors of pancreatic cancer visit

     Image by Alan, Flickr


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