Tracking Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Tumors spread to other parts of the body when cancer cells can escape into the bloodstream, although it is not exactly clear how they enter the circulation or decide where to form new tumors. Andrew Rhim and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a technology to label tumor

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Which Patients with Cystic Fibrosis are at Greatest Risk for Pancreatitis?

Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) cause well-known lung defects, but in the January issue of Gastroenterology, Chee Y. Ooi et al. describe specific CFTR genotypes that increase risk for pancreatitis. Most patients with cystic fibrosis that carry mutations that severely disrupt CFTR function have a pancreatic

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For Pancreatic Cysts—(Change in) Size Matters

The speed of cyst growth predicts whether branch duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (Br-IPMNs) will become malignant, according to a study by Mee Joo Kang et al. in the January issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. IPMN is a premalignant pancreatic lesion that progresses from adenoma to carcinoma; cysts are

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Controlling Pancreatitis Pain

In patients with pancreatitis, treatments for the nervous system, rather than the pancreas itself, might better reduce pain, according to a study in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Chronic pancreatitis is painful—surgery or endoscopy to reduce pressure in the parenchyma or in the pancreatic duct does not

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