Washington: Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a promising method to distinguish between pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis - two disorders that are difficult to tell apart. They found that a molecular marker obtained from pancreatic "juices" could identify almost all cases of pancreatic cancer. "Many researchers have been working on such a diagnostic test for a long time - for me, it has been 20 years. But for the first time, we have found a very strong candidate molecular marker," said lead investigator Massimo Raimondo, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis both produce the same signs of disease in the pancreas, such as inflammation, but cancer in the organ is a life-threatening disorder that must be treated immediately and aggressively, Dr. Raimondo noted.
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