Mayo Clinic Study: Special Light Can Detect Pancreatic Cancer

Posted on May 22nd, 2012 by

Pancreatic cancer, a frequently deadly form of cancer, is difficult to diagnose in its early stages. But a new pilot study at the Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville campus was able to detect pancreatic cancer 100 percent of the time using a special light that measures changes in cells and blood vessels in the small intestine during a routine endoscopy. Gastroenterologist Michael Wallace, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Mayo, gave a report on the pilot study Monday in San Diego during the international Digestive Disease Week 2012, the world's largest gathering of physicians and researchers who treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

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Florida Times-Union by Charlie Patton

Tags: Cancer, Digestive Disease Week 2012, Dr. Michael Wallace, Florida Times-Union, GI, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, pancreatic cancer, Research

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