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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Immune system plays key role in pancreatic cancer survival rates

Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer

Researchers in Oxford have found that an individual's immune system may play an important role in survival after surgery to remove pancreatic cancer.

The study by the University of Oxford's Department of Oncology and Kennedy Institute, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found that if pancreatic cancer patients had higher levels of T-cells ­- a type of white blood cell that plays a key role in a body's immune response - in their cancer, they would live longer after an operation. Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive cancer and currently has limited treatment options and scientists believe these findings may lead to the investigation of new treatments.

Immune system plays key role in pancreatic cancer survival rates

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