Commenting on research published in the journal Science, which looked at a potential blood test to detect cancers called CancerSEEK, Leanne Reynolds, Head of Research at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “These findings are exciting as in the future they could lead us to a blood test to diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier. 80 per cent of patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage when there are precious few treatments and the only potentially life-saving treatment of surgery is not possible, which is why it is so vital that we find ways to diagnose this cancer earlier.
“However, in the study only one in four stage one pancreatic cancers were picked up. So, much more work is needed to refine the test and improve its sensitivity before we know whether this research can bring us closer to being able to detect pancreatic cancer earlier. We understand this is now being trialled in people who have not yet been diagnosed with cancer, and look forward to hearing how this promising research progresses.”