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Method Shows Promise for Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

August 1, 2007

Vadim Backman Optical technology developed by a Northwestern University biomedical engineer shown to be effective in the early detection of colon cancer, now appears promising for detecting pancreatic cancer. A team of Northwestern researchers and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare physicians found they could detect both early- and advanced-stage pancreatic cancer without touching or imaging the pancreas. Full Story

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