• Genetic test shows promise for identifying pancreatic cysts at high risk for cancer

    6 days ago - By Healio

    A novel genetic testing strategy developed at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which sequences mutations in pancreatic cyst fluid before surgery, showed high accuracy for identifying cysts associated with a high risk for aggressive pancreatic cancer.
    These results, recently published in Gut, represent “a critical step toward a precision medicine approach to detecting and treating pancreatic cancer, which has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers,” according to a press release.
    “On the one hand, you never want to subject a patient to unneeded surgery. But
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  • Genetic testing ‘one of our best approaches' for fighting colon cancer

    6 days ago - By Healio

    ORLANDO - Knowing who to test, when to test and the implications of genetic testing give gastroenterologists the opportunity to proactively manage their patients with colorectal cancer, according to one expert at the GI Pathophysiology Course preceding the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017.
    “The key point to making these strategies of universal screening of colorectal cancer cases for the possibility of genetic syndromes rests in being able to test other relatives before their cancer diagnoses in order to identify individuals who need early intervention and prevent cancers,”
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