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Cell death mechanism may — paradoxically — enable aggressive pancreatic cells to live on

The most aggressive form of pancreatic cancer – often described as one of the hardest malignancies to diagnose and treat — thrives in the presence of neighboring tumor cells undergoing a particular form of “orchestrated cell death.” This is according to a major study recently published in the journal Nature.

Human PDAC Tumors Showing Expressions
Human PDAC tumors shows co-expression of CXCL1 (red) and CK19 (green; a marker of PADC) by confocal microscopy.
Credit: NYU Langone Medical Center