In 10 seconds? Pancreatic cancer has proven to be resistant to the new cancer immunotherapies that have helped patients with other types of cancers. Some scientists think pancreatic cancer prevention may be the key to a larger cancer breakthrough.
Why is pancreatic cancer so hard to crack? Many reasons. Firstly, 65% of pancreatic cancers aren’t caught until they have already spread, which makes those patients ineligible for surgery and leaves them with few effective treatment options. Despite researchers’ best efforts to come up with better treatments, the 5-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is still only 8%.