Another line of research is focused on finding biomarkers of pancreatic cancer so that a simple blood or urine test could be developed. Unlike screenings for other conditions such as colon, breast and prostate cancers, there is no routine way to see whether a patient has a tumor in the pancreas.
The future of medicine to help people with pancreatic cancer will involve genetics, Banck said. This would involve matching a person’s particular type of tumor using genomic information with treatment.
“What’s going to make real difference in the future is the revolution of the genomic era,” she said.