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Lab Reports
August 1, 2007

Pancreatic Cancer Protein

JAMA. 2007;298(5):505. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.505-a

Pancreatic cancer cells express excessive amounts of a cell receptor known as the RON receptor tyrosine kinase, a finding that has potential implications for treatment, according to a research team led by University of Cincinnati scientists (Thomas RM et al. Cancer Research. http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/ [published online ahead of print July 1, 2007]). Overall survival for pancreatic cancer is only about 4%, according to the National Cancer Institute, at least in part because the disease spreads before it can be detected.