New study targets Achilles’ heel of pancreatic cancer, with promising results

26th Apr 2019

New study targets Achilles’ heel of pancreatic cancer, with promising results

Salk researchers discover a potential therapeutic target for deadly cancer

LA JOLLA—Advanced pancreatic cancer is often symptomless, leading to late diagnosis only after metastases have spread throughout the body. Additionally, tumor cells are encased in a “protective shield,” a microenvironment conferring resistance to many cancer treatment drugs. Now, Salk Institute researchers, along with an international team of collaborators, have uncovered the role of a signaling protein that may be the Achilles’ heel of pancreatic cancer.

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