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Investigating the role of the immune system and inflammation in pancreatic cancer

  • Researcher: Dr Maria Pia Protti
  • Institution: Fondazione Centro San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
  • Award Amount: £185,992 for 3 years from January 2012
  • Cancer Type: Pancreatic Cancer
Investigating the role of the immune system and inflammation in pancreatic cancer
Worldwide, around 279,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008. Sadly this type of cancer has a poor prognosis. By the time someone has symptoms, goes to their doctor and is diagnosed, the disease is very often quite advanced. Dr Maria Pia Protti is using her Worldwide Cancer Research grant to investigate whether the immune system has a role in inducing or increasing inflammation in pancreatic cancer. To carry out this work she will be using human samples from pancreatic cancer patients.
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