Published in Cancer Weekly, June 19th, 1995
Gastroenterologist Jill P. Smith, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, has found for the first time that such cancer cells may manufacture their own supply of gastrin, a stomach hormone. Gastrin and another hormone, cholecystokinin (CCK), both stimulate the growth of pancreatic cancer.
Normal pancreatic cells don't make gastrin; it is unique to cancer, says Smith.
The finding offers hope for new treatments for the disease, perhaps by somehow blocking gastrin's...
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