It is estimated that about 4,700 Canadians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013. It may be far from the most common cancer, but for those diagnosed, the prognosis is poor.
“It’s a very fatal disease,” says Dr. Rayjean Hung, a researcher at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, at Mount Sinai Hospital. After diagnosis, the average survival period is only three to six months and on average only 10 per cent of people survive past the first year.
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