Early Detection Initiative
Today, there is no screening test to detect pancreatic cancer early, when it’s more treatable. PanCAN is working to change that, thanks to donors like you. Earlier detection would mean that more patients could be eligible for surgery to remove their tumor, and it could lead to significantly higher survival rates.
Research suggests that in a small subset of people diagnosed with diabetes after the age of 50, their diabetes was caused by a pancreatic tumor. PanCAN’s Early Detection Initiative is a randomized controlled trial that is exploring this connection. Through it, we and our partners are studying the relationship between changes in blood sugar and weight, and the development – and detection – of pancreatic cancer.
From there, our goal is to develop a way to detect pancreatic cancer when it can be surgically removed.
What Is the Early Detection Initiative?
PanCAN’s Early Detection Initiative will study whether imaging at the time of new-onset diabetes leads to earlier detection of pancreatic cancer. Also, blood samples will be added to a collection maintained by the National Cancer Institute for analysis of future pancreatic cancer biomarkers.
With this information, we’ll determine whether we can develop a screening method that detects pancreatic cancer when it can be surgically removed.
How Is the Early Detection Initiative Different from Other Studies?
PanCAN's Early Detection Initiative:
- Focuses on new-onset diabetes, a symptom that is rarely recognized for pancreatic cancer
- Identifies pancreatic cancer cases that are not linked to genetic risk
- Will provide results that can change clinical practice through a forward-looking trial
Read more about how the study has been designed in a research paper published in Contemporary Clinical Trials.
Are You At Risk For Pancreatic Cancer?
In addition to a new diabetes diagnosis, certain other risk factors may increase the likelihood that someone will get pancreatic cancer.