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Pancreas. 2015 Jul;44(5):693-712. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000000368.

Early detection of sporadic pancreatic cancer: summative review.

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From the *Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; †Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Departments of ‡Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, §Pathology and Microbiology, and ∥Surgery, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE; ¶Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; #Division of Gastroenterology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; **Division of Gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; ††Sawgrass Leadership Institute, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; ‡‡Department of Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; §§Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford; ∥∥Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, and ¶¶General Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; ##Kenner Family Research Fund; ***Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; †††Department of Internal Medicine, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany; ‡‡‡Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; §§§Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; ∥∥∥Gastroenterology Division, Department of Internal Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center, and ¶¶¶Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; ###Cancer Biomarkers Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD; ****Departments of Surgery and Oncology, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan; ††††Department of Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA; and ‡‡‡‡Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, CLA School of Dentistry, Jonnson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Los Angeles, L


Pancreatic cancer (PC) is estimated to become the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020. Early detection is the key to improving survival in PC. Addressing this urgent need, the Kenner Family Research Fund conducted the inaugural Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer Summit Conference in 2014 in conjunction with the 45th Anniversary Meeting of the American Pancreatic Association and Japan Pancreas Society. This seminal convening of international representatives from science, practice, and clinical research was designed to facilitate challenging interdisciplinary conversations to generate innovative ideas leading to the creation of a defined collaborative strategic pathway for the future of the field. An in-depth summary of current efforts in the field, analysis of gaps in specific areas of expertise, and challenges that exist in early detection is presented within distinct areas of inquiry: Case for Early Detection: Definitions, Detection, Survival, and Challenges; Biomarkers for Early Detection; Imaging; and Collaborative Studies. In addition, an overview of efforts in familial PC is presented in an addendum to this article. It is clear from the summit deliberations that only strategically designed collaboration among investigators, institutions, and funders will lead to significant progress in early detection of sporadic PC.

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