Pancreatic Diseases clinical trials at UC Cancer
1 research study open to eligible people
UCSF PANC Cyst Registry
open to eligible people ages 18 years and up
Pancreatic cysts are found incidentally on 15-50% of CT and MRIs for all indications and their prevalence is increasing. Many of these cysts may be precursors to pancreatic cancer, and thus pose a substantial risk, however, the vast majority are benign. Increased detection of pancreatic cysts provides an opportunity to diagnose pancreatic malignancy at an early, curable stage yet also increases the potential to over-treat clinically insignificant lesions. This presents a clinical challenge to prevent unnecessary resection of indolent disease, with associated risks of infections, bleeding, diabetes, and costly disability. Unfortunately, there is little information on the epidemiology and natural history of pancreatic cysts to help guide management.
Our lead scientists for Pancreatic Diseases research studies include Paige M Bracci, PhD, MPH, MS Kimberly S Kirkwood, MD.