Surge in amino acids may be an early sign of pancreatic cancer

September 29, 2014 11:25 AM

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Surge in amino acids may be an early sign of pancreatic cancer

The scientists revealed that a surge in amounts of some amino acids can indicate development of pancreatic cancer Although the surge or increase wasn’t high enough to form the basis of a developing a new test for early detection of the disease, the findings may be helpful for researchers to better better the effect pancreatic cancer can have on the the body, particularly how it could trigger the sometimes deadly muscle-wasting disease known as cachexia.

For the study, researchers analysed blood samples that had been collected from 1,500 people participating in large health-tracking studies earlier. They assessed these samples for the presence of more than 100 different metabolites, substances produced during various metabolic process of the body. T...

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