Pancreatic cancer is the sixth most frequently occurring cancer in Europe.1 In 2002, there were more than 78,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed in Europe, with a death rate of approximately 82,000 people per year. 2 Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat as it is often resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy and tends to spread quickly to other parts of the body, leading to a short life expectancy.
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2) Ferlay J et al. GLOBOCAN 2002: Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide. IARC CancerBase No. 5, Version 2.0, Lyon; IARC Press 2004