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Drug Shows Promise Treating One of the Nastiest Cancers

Patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer did better, with no side effects

(Newser) - The trial was a small one, but a new study is raising hope that a new drug can fight a particularly deadly form of pancreatic cancer. What's more, unlike chemo, it seems to do so without side effects. Researchers at St. George's University in London report in the... More »

To Diagnose Cancer, Doctors Only Need Your Search History

Microsoft study could lead to 'a Cortana for health'

(Newser) - Only 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for five years. Microsoft researchers, however, say that rate could be doubled with early detection—and the Internet may play a vital role. The researchers, together with a Columbia grad student, found searches on Microsoft's search engine Bing that... More »

Magnesium Could Help Prevent Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

Every 100mg-a-day decrease in magnesium had real effect

(Newser) - Consuming higher levels of magnesium—a mineral found in dark leafy greens, nuts, beans, yogurt, and avocado—appears to dramatically reduce one's chances of getting pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. So report Indiana University Bloomington researchers this month in the... More »

Woman's Spirited Obituary: 'Too Late for Questions, Sorry'

Florida's Emily Phillips touches readers with humorous self-penned death notice

(Newser) - A couple of weeks before she died of pancreatic cancer, Emily Phillips gathered her family around to read them something special: the obituary she had written for herself. "It was one of the most special moments of my life to hear my mother tell her life story in her... More »

Gum Disease May Lead to Cancer

Stomach bacteria also linked to pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - Floss, kids—it could save your life. A new study has linked infections from Porphyrmomonas gingivalis, a bacteria associated with gum disease and poor dental hygiene, with pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly cancers around. The study also pointed the finger at Helicobacter pylori, LiveScience reports, a stomach bacteria... More »

15 Celebs, VIPs Who Fought Pancreatic Cancer

Sally Ride, Patrick Swayze, others brought awareness to disease

(Newser) - Pancreatic cancer is back in the spotlight for a very sad reason— Sally Ride’s death . The Huffington Post takes a look at 14 other celebrities and VIPs who’ve brought awareness to the disease, which is often devastating due to its tendency to go undetected for so long:
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Sally Ride, 1st US Woman in Space, Dead at Age 61

Ride went into space on the Challenger nearly 30 years ago

(Newser) - Sally Ride, America's first woman space traveler, died today after fighting pancreatic cancer for 17 months, the New York Times reports. She was 61. Ride made history by flying on Challenger shuttles in 1983 and 1984, and being America's youngest person in orbit. She was also the only... More »

Processed Meats Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Eating sausage or bacon daily might not be the smartest idea: study

(Newser) - Ease up on that bacon. A new study in the British Journal of Cancer suggests a connection between eating processed meats and pancreatic cancer, reports the BBC . Specifically, eating an extra 50 grams of processed meat every day—about the size of a sausage—will increase your risk of getting... More »

Some Cancers Climb as Deaths Drop Overall

No improvement in young adults' mortality rates

(Newser) - Cancer death rates are down overall, the American Cancer Society says, falling 1.8% among men and 1.6% among women between 2004 and 2008. Rates have dropped across all ethnic groups except American Indians and Alaskan natives, the Los Angeles Times notes. But the incidence of some types of... More »

Alternative Treatments May Have Doomed Steve Jobs

Delaying surgery was a deadly mistake, expert says

(Newser) - Steve Jobs would probably be alive today if he had been less of a skeptic about conventional medicine, according to a Harvard expert who has researched the kind of cancer that killed the Apple CEO. Jobs' preference for alternative medicine—outlined in a 2008 CNN article —caused him to... More »

Steve Jobs Died of Respiratory Arrest at Home

Pancreatic cancer had spread to other organs

(Newser) - A copy of Steve Jobs' death certificate indicates the Apple co-founder died of respiratory arrest that resulted from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. Jobs died last Wednesday at age 56. Apple didn't disclose the cause of death, but Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and had a... More »

Jobs' Cancer Ran Predictable Course: Doctors

Those with neuroendocrine tumors typically die within 6 to 8 years, say experts

(Newser) - The rare form of pancreatic cancer that killed Steve Jobs ran a predictable course, experts tell the Wall Street Journal . While 80% of the 40,000 Americans who get pancreatic cancer annually die within a year of their diagnosis, Jobs had a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor, a type that accounts for... More »

Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Apple co-founder dies of pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - Steve Jobs is dead at 56 from pancreatic cancer. "Apple has lost a creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," says the company, which is collecting remembrances here . A sense of how the early coverage is going:
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Steve Jobs Has Weeks to Live: Enquirer

'Skeletal' Apple CEO seen leaving cancer clinic

(Newser) - The claim to take with a grain of salt: Steve Jobs may have just 6 weeks to live, says the National Enquirer. The claim that seems a little more backed up: Jobs was spotted leaving the same California clinic where actor Patrick Swayze sought treatment for cancer in his final... More »

Aretha Franklin: I Don't Have Pancreatic Cancer

Queen of Soul got get-well letter from President Obama

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin says she does not have pancreatic cancer, contrary to earlier reports . The legendary singer tells Access Hollywood that she did have a health issue that required surgery but isn't ready to go into specifics about it. She did, however, pass along this from her doctor: He said, ‘... More »

Aretha Franklin Has Cancer: Relative

Surgery was for pancreatic tumor, says National Enquirer

(Newser) - The undisclosed illness that required Aretha Franklin to undergo surgery last week is cancer, a relative tells Fox 2 News In Detroit . The 68-year-old singer abruptly canceled shows last month on doctors' orders but didn't give specifics on why. The National Enquirer says the cancer is pancreatic, notes PopCrunch . Click... More »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pokes Fun at Jim Bunning

Boasts that she's still alive, in good health

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t intend to let Jim Bunning live down his statement that she had “bad cancer—the kind that you don’t get better from.” Bunning made the remark last February, when Ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer, declaring that she had at most 9... More »

Soda Linked to Cancer: Study

2 soft drinks a week could raise pancreatic cancer risk by 87%

(Newser) - Soda drinkers could face a sharply higher risk of developing cancer than those who abstain from soft drinks. A study looking at 60,000 Chinese Singaporeans over 14 years found that those who drank more than two sodas a week were 87% more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... More »

Ginsburg Leaves Hospital, Heads to Work

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from a Washington hospital today after spending the night as a precaution. The 76-year-old Supreme Court justice planned to be back at work later today. Ginsburg, who underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in February, "developed lightheadedness and fatigue" in her office yesterday after receiving... More »

Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized After Faint Spell at Court

76-year-old has been battling pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has been battling pancreatic cancer, is in a Washington hospital tonight after feeling ill at work. In a statement, the court said that Ginsburg, 76, felt faint after a routine infusion, and that though subsequent tests and monitoring showed her “in stable... More »

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