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May 14, 2019

New Gastroenterology special issue: Reviews in pancreatic diseases

A special May issue highlights the current state of knowledge on two major diseases affecting the pancreas — pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

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The editors of a special issue of Gastroenterology, Ashok Saluja, PhD, AGAF, and Anirban Maitra, MBBS, have collated a compendium of reviews in pancreatic diseases to highlight the current state of knowledge on two major diseases affecting the pancreas — pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.


Pancreatitis continues to be one of the most common causes of hospitalization among all gastrointestinal diseases, with a significant morbidity, mortality and economic burden. The incidence of pancreatitis is increasing but mortality associated with the disease has declined over the last several years due to improved management of the disease. Targeted therapy for the disease, either to “cure” or to “subdue” it, and to make it more manageable still remains a holy grail for the investigators and clinicians studying the disorder.

    • By Aida Habtezion, Anna S. Gukovskaya, Stephen J. Pandol
    • By Julia Mayerle, Matthias Sendler, Eszter Hegyi, Georg Beyer, Markus M. Lerch, Miklós Sahin-Tóth
    • By Aliye Uc, Sohail Z. Husain
    • By Ashok Saluja, Vikas Dudeja, Rajinder Dawra, Raghuwansh P. Sah
    • By Guru Trikudanathan, Daniel R.J. Wolbrink, Hjalmar C. van Santvoort, Shawn Mallery, Martin Freeman, Marc G. Besselink
    • By Parmod K. Garg, Vijay P. Singh
Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer, specifically pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, has emerged as the third most common cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. Most patients present at an advanced, surgically inoperable stage of the disease, and current chemotherapeutic options enhance survival by no more than a few months. The reviews in this issue encompass key topics for progress and research opportunities in pancreatic cancer.

    • By Aatur D. Singhi, Eugene J. Koay, Suresh T. Chari, Anirban Maitra
    • By Laura D. Wood, Matthew B. Yurgelun, Michael G. Goggins
    • By Vinod P. Balachandran, Gregory L. Beatty, Stephanie K. Dougan
    • By Howard C. Crawford, Marina Pasca di Magliano, Sulagna Banerjee
    • By Martin C. Whittle, Sunil R. Hingorani
    • By Vrishketan Sethi, Gerardo A. Vitiello, Deepak Saxena, George Miller, Vikas Dudeja
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