Mystery of Pancreatic Cancer and its Treatment

*credit verbatim via The Globe And Mail*

Mystery of Pancreatic Cancer and its Treatment Prevails

Five years after they’re diagnosed, only 8 per cent of pancreatic cancer patients are still alive. Toronto journalist Libby Znaimer is one of them.

Six years after receiving novel treatment that shrank her pancreatic tumour to an operable size, Znaimer remains an exceptional case.

“I’ve been cancer-free ever since,” says Znaimer, vice-president of news and information at Toronto’s Classical 96.3FM and AM740. “I’m very, obviously, incredibly lucky.”

The story of her remarkable recovery has been shared among oncologists and cancer researchers around the world. Yet they’re still trying to understand why some pancreatic cancer patients like Znaimer, who carry a BRCA genetic mutation (the same kind that prompted Angelina Jolie to undergo a preventative double mastectomy) respond well to specific chemotherapy drugs, while others don’t.

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*credit verbatim via The Globe And Mail*

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