There is good news to those who are suffering from pancreatic cancer. On Friday, Australian researchers have discovered medical options based on genomic sequencing. The disease was one of the most deadly malignancies. Medical experts found it tough to diagnose the disease early since symptoms were rarely specific to the pancreatic cancer. As a result, 75% of the patients get killed within one year of its diagnosis.
The Australian researchers were provided with assistance by the University of Western Australia, and the Australian Pancreatic Genome Initiative was led by an international program. The global forum was determined to know the cancer better so that it could lift the five-year survival rate, which is presently just 5%.
The research report was carried in a science journal, Nature, on Thursday. It scrutinized the differentiations in the genome present in one hundred pancreatic adenocarcinomas, the kind of which was diagnosed very often. This enabled the cancers to be divided further into four categories, which were scattered, unstable, stable, and locally rearranged.
Though there are a number of the cancers, which found to have a transformation agreeable to treatment, pancreatic cancer was not among those in the transformation amenable list. Aside from this, two new gene mutations were observed that might be able to provide leads to fresh approaches to the treatment.
Nikolajs Zeps, Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Western Australia, termed the study as a good picture of the biobanks power linked to genomic sequencing. He was full of praise for the collaborators in Sydney, as well as, Queensland. The Adjunct Associate Professor said that the lead author, Nicola Waddell, and her colleagues work was important since it disclosed clear markers for the first time. Those markers would be useful in choosing a proper treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer.
Zeps said that the next steps would be to use those genetic signatures as the fresh foundation for new clinical studies, which was aimed at removing the suffering from the cancer.