A doctor with the The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins has received one of 14 grants totaling $5 million to support research of pancreatic cancer.
The grants are aimed at research that could help improve pancreatic cancer survival rates. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has a goal to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
Research topics awarded include: sudden-onset diabetes as a possible early indicator of pancreatic cancer, strategies to starve pancreatic cancer cells of necessary nutrients, and treatments that harness the immune system to fight the tumor.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and has the lowest survival rate of major cancers.