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New therapy for pancreatic cancer: volunteers are still being sought

Scientists at the University Medical Center in Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) want to increase the chances of survival for patients with pancreatic cancer. With the new form of therapy, radiation and chemotherapy should be carried out before surgery.

Rarely but very dangerous A tumor of the pancreas (pancreatic cancer) is rare, but if it does occur it is very dangerous. After diagnosis of a pancreatic tumor, five years later, only between six (men) and eight (women) percent of those affected live. That is the lowest survival rate among all cancers. Prof. Maximilian Bockhorn from UKE said: "Unfortunately, the chances of a cure for this disease are very poor because the tumor is often diagnosed only at a late stage." According to the information, about 15,000 people develop pancreatic cancer each year.

Chances of survival increased Scientists at the University Medical Center in Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) now want to increase the chances of survival for patients with pancreatic cancer with a nationwide study. The researchers will be supported by the German Research Foundation with a total of 2.8 million euros over the next six years, the UKE said on Friday. Nationwide, 19 clinics are involved in the investigation and the first patients are to be treated from August this year. A total of 410 patients who have no metastases and are not yet being treated are to participate in the study.

Study participants wanted According to the UKE researchers, first results from the USA indicate that the chances of survival for patients could be increased if they receive radiation therapy and chemotherapy before the operation. This should be checked with the new study. So far, it was the other way round and the tumor was only surgically removed before any remaining cancer cells could be destroyed with chemotherapy. "The primary goal is to significantly improve the long-term survival of patients - from currently 30 to 42 percent after three years," said the physicians. Patients who are interested in participating in a study can contact the clinic's secretariat: Telephone (040 ) 7410-52401. (Ad)

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