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Pancreatic cancer still one of the most deadly of all cancers

UEG Press Release in co-operation with the European Pancreatic Club (EPC)

(Vienna, July 26, 2012) Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most deadly of all cancers, despite ongoing efforts by the scientific community to improve its treatment. The recent high-profile deaths of Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, and Nobel laureate, Ralph Steinman, from pancreatic cancer have increased public awareness of the condition, yet according to Professor Matthias Löhr from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, speaking on behalf of United European Gastroenterology (UEG), in scientific and political terms, this type of cancer has been relatively neglected. "A recent conference organised by the European Pancreatic Club (EPC) highlighted the dire picture that has emerged for people with pancreatic cancer," he says. "Unlike other solid tumours, the many genetic changes associated with this type of cancer mean it has evaded every attempt for targeted therapy, and despite much excellent work by the scientific community, no breakthrough in therapy could be reported."