Don’t lose hope – good outcomes still possible for pancreatic and liver cancers

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GASTROENTEROLOGY

Don’t lose hope – good outcomes still possible for pancreatic and liver cancers

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Keith Crump

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Pancreatic and liver cancers are leading causes of cancer-related death, but significant progress has been made in early diagnosis and treatment for both cancers. Gastroenterologist Alan Fraser provides an overview of these two distressing diseases

Key points, Tumour marker CA 19-9 is not helpful for detecting early stage pancreatic cancer; abdominal ultrasound is the usual initial investigation. Safety a