Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Disease Highlighted: Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer has been in the headlines several times this year. Most recently, Gene Upshaw succumbed to this disease. Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with it a few months ago, and I'm sure quite a few people have heard of the author of The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch (last link is to his CMU webpage). Here is a CMU page devoted to his Last Lecture.

This disease is nasty. It's the fourth largest killer of cancer patients in the US, and only 1 in 5 diagnosed with this cancer survive their first year. This cancer is also genetically linked, so predisposition to this cancer can be inherited.

There are some tests for early detection, which are outlined here, and here.

Q&A: Pancreatic Cancer

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