Early detection of pancreatic cancer

Purpose of review Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death and with a dismal 5-year survival of 10%. Poor survival of pancreatic cancer is mostly due to its presentation and diagnosis at a late stage. The present article aims to update clinicians with recent progress in the field of early detection of pancreatic cancer. Recent findings Pancreatic cancer screening is not recommended in the general population due to its low prevalence. In this review, we discuss high-risk groups for pancreatic cancer, including inherited predisposition to pancreatic cancer, new-onset diabetes, mucinous pancreatic cyst, and chronic pancreatitis. We discuss methods of enrichment of high-risk groups with clinical models using electronic health records and biomarkers. We also discuss improvements in imaging modalities and emerging role of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the field of imaging and biomarker to aid in early identification of pancreatic cancer. Summary There are still vast challenges in the field of early detection of pancreatic cancer. We need to develop noninvasive prediagnostic validated biomarkers for longitudinal surveillance of high-risk individuals and imaging modalities that can identify pancreatic cancer early.
Source: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: PANCREAS: Edited by Timothy B. Gardner Source Type: research

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ConclusionMacrophages are involved with various stages of pancreatic cancer development, pancreatitis, and diabetes. Elucidating their role in these conditions will aid the development of targeted therapeutic treatments.
Source: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research
We describe and contrast the strengths of precision medicine with Western medicine, and complex trait genetics with Mendelian genetics. Classic genetics focuses on highly penetrant pathogenic variants in a single gene believed to cause or confer a high risk for well-defined phenotypes. However, a minority of disorders have a single gene cause. Further, even individuals with identical Mendelian disease-associated genotypes may exhibit substantial phenotypic variability indicative of genetic and environmental modifiers. Still, most diseases are considered complex traits (or complex diseases). Recent findings New insights ...
Source: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: PANCREAS: Edited by Timothy B. Gardner Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: No clear evidence of risk for pancreatitis was observed, whereas data on pancreatic cancer are too scarce to draw any conclusion. PMID: 32720500 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Minerva Endocrinologica - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Minerva Endocrinol Source Type: research
Abstract The most common pancreas-related disorders are diabetes, pancreatitis and different types of pancreatic cancers. Diabetes is a chronic condition which results from insufficient functional β-cell mass, either as a result of an autoimmune destruction of insulin producing β-cells, or as their death or de-differentiation following years of hyperactivity to compensate for insulin resistance. Chronic pancreatitis leads to cell death and can develop into diabetes or pancreatic cancer. To stimulate regeneration in such pathologies, it is of high importance to evaluate the endogenous regeneration capacit...
Source: Current Opinion in Genetics and Development - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Curr Opin Genet Dev Source Type: research
AbstractChronic pancreatitis is a clinical entity that results from the progressive inflammation and irreversible fibrosis of the pancreas resulting from the cumulative injury sustained by the pancreas over time. It is an illness with variable presentations that can severely impact quality of life, while its long-term complications such as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), diabetes mellitus, and risk of pancreatic cancer can become life threatening. The diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis can be challenging as despite the recent advancements in imaging technology, the radiographic findings do not become prominent unti...
Source: Drugs - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionPooled analysis of CVOTs did not suggest any increased risk of either acute pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer with GLP-1RA treatment in T2DM patients.
Source: Endocrine - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Publication date: April 2020Source: Cancer Epidemiology, Volume 65Author(s): Ahmed Arafa, Ehab S. Eshak, Tarek A. Abdel Rahman, Manal M. AnwarAbstractBackgroundA growing body of evidence has suggested an association between Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and risk of pancreatic cancer (PAC). Herein, we conducted a meta-analysis of available evidence to explore this association.MethodsWe systematically retrieved studies that investigated the association between HCV infection and risk of PAC. Pooled odds ratio (OR) with corresponding 95 % confidence interval (CI) of PAC for patients with HCV infection was calculated using ...
Source: Cancer Epidemiology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusion: The class of PPIs is associated with a 1.75-fold increase in pancreatic cancer risk, confirmed in sensitivity analyses, but was independent of duration, and Defined Daily Dose. PMID: 31928106 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Drug Saf Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Diabetes Investigation - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
Observational studies and metanalyses of randomized trials on Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP4i) reported discordant results on the risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer with this class of drugs. Aim of the present meta-analysis is the assessment of the effect of DPP4i treatment on the incidence of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, collecting all available evidence from randomized controlled trials. Methods Data Sources: an extensive Medline, Embase and Cochrane Database search for sitagliptin or vildagliptin or omarigliptin or saxagliptin or alogliptin or trelagliptin or anagliptin or linagliptin or gemiglip...
Source: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Source Type: research
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