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Current research on pancreatic cancer focuses on several areas, such as the effectiveness of treating the disease with new drugs, new combinations of chemotherapy, combinations of chemotherapy and radiation before and after surgery, and biological therapy. Other areas of research involve work on cancer vaccines that help the immune system fight pancreatic cancer.

An Introduction to Researching Pancreatic Cancer

Doctors and scientists all over the country are conducting pancreatic cancer research. This research is designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. Pancreatic cancer research already has led to many advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective methods of treating the disease.

Current Areas of Focus in Pancreatic Cancer Research

Researchers are focusing on new drugs, new combinations of chemotherapy, and combinations of chemotherapy and radiation given before and after surgery.
Biological therapy is also under investigation. Biological therapy is a treatment that uses substances made by the body or made in a laboratory to boost, direct, or restore the body's natural defenses against cancer. This type of cancer treatment is also called biotherapy or immunotherapy.
Other areas of research include work being done on:
  • Cancer vaccines that may help the immune system fight pancreatic cancer
  • The use of monoclonal antibodies to slow or stop the growth of cancer.

Potential Benefits of Volunteering for Research Studies

An important aspect of researching pancreatic cancer involves volunteers. Much of the research discussed above would be impossible without volunteers.
Patients who join pancreatic cancer research studies may have the opportunity to be among the first to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. Patients who volunteer also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about pancreatic cancer. Although research trials may pose some risks, researchers take careful steps to protect their patients.
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