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Study identifies biomarker that could help to diagnose pancreatic cancer

29th June 2021

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, have identified a protein that could be used to aid in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Findings from the new study suggest that a protein called pentraxin 3 may be a specific diagnostic biomarker – or biological measure – for pancreatic cancer, with the ability to differentiate pancreatic cancer from other non-cancerous conditions of the pancreas.

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Study suggests blood test could guide precision treatment in bladder cancer

16th June 2021

A blood test that can detect tiny amounts of circulating cancer DNA may be able to identify risk of cancer recurrence and guide precision treatment in bladder cancer following surgery, according to a clinical study led by Professor Tom Powles from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust. The findings from the study, published today in Nature, may change our understanding of cancer care following surgery.

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Screening for ovarian cancer did not reduce deaths

13th May 2021

A large-scale randomised trial of annual screening for ovarian cancer did not succeed in reducing deaths from the disease, despite one of the screening methods tested detecting cancers earlier, according to results published in The Lancet.

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Impact of COVID-19 in patients with HBP conditions in East London

12th May 2021

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London have conducted a population-based study to explore the risk factors associated with COVID-19 susceptibility and survival in patients with a history of diseases of the liver, pancreas or biliary system – also known as hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) diseases – in East London.

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Study to investigate how AI could aid early detection of pancreatic cancer

5th May 2021

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London and Edge Hill University are set to investigate how artificial intelligence could be used to improve early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

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Ovarian Cancer Perspectives: Q&A with Dr Michelle Lockley

18th March 2021

In recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke with Dr Michelle Lockley, Group Leader and clinical researcher in BCI’s Centre for Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology. Dr Lockley’s research group focuses on improving treatments for women with ovarian cancer, particularly for those whose tumours are resistant to chemotherapy.

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