Thursday, April 19, 2018

Increased attention to pancreatic cancer, soon to be #2 in cancer deaths

While Jack Andraka’s Twitter account shows promising work from Stanford on using nanobots and new tests for early detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer, Scientific American seems to throw cold water on all of this with an article in the April 2018 issue, p. 24, Claudia Wallis writes “Why a lethal cancer is on the rise”.  And a of lot of it is related to past smoking, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes. She writes that pancreatic cancer will soon be the number 2 cause of cancer deaths.

But on p. 34 there is an article by Jeffrey Townsend “The Cancer Tree”, tracing how early the neoplastic mutations can occur in a pre-cancer cell’s life.  
Video above: Steve Jobs had a very different kind of cancer.  The video mentions biomarker CA 19-9, also CEA. Ruth Bade Ginsburg had a small pancreatic tumor removed. 

Picture: kayaking stream near Bryson City, NC and the "Road to Nowhere". 

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