Novel Approaches to Enhancing the Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer: New Horizons and Emerging Technologies

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Release Date: December 15, 2014
Expiration Date: December 15, 2015

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes

There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

Pancreatic cancer is a rare disease that is often diagnosed at advanced stages, resulting in a 5-year survival rate of less than 5%. To address this issue, significant research is ongoing to identify novel techniques and approaches that will support earlier diagnosis of this fatal disease. In this discussion, two leading pancreatic cancer researchers discuss new and emerging serological tests that are being investigated for pancreatic cancer, as well as novel diagnostic approaches for cystic lesions of the pancreas that will support improved patient stratification and treatment.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for oncologists, pharmacists, and associated multidisciplinary clinical specialists who provide care to patients with pancreatic cancer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify genetic syndromes which have been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer

  • Describe new and emerging serological tests which are being investigated for efficacy in earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, focusing on those methods which incorporate screening for circulating tumor cells and circulating epithelial cells

  • Summarize current state of knowledge concerning cystic lesions of the pancreas, focusing on the role of novel diagnostic approaches in developing therapeutic strategies for patients with pancreatic cancer


Anil K. Rustgi, MD – Moderator
Koushik K. Das, MD – Panelist

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through December 15, 2015. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.
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Faculty Biographies

Anil K. Rustgi, MD
T. Grier Miller Professor of Medicine and Genetics
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Anil Rustgi received his medical degree from Duke University Medical School and completed his medical internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard University, and also served as chief medical resident. He then completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rustgi is the chief of gastroenterology and the T. Grier Miller Professor of Medicine and Genetics, as well as director of the Digestive Diseases and Liver Clinical Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rustgi is a diplomate in gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine. He is on the scientific advisory board of the National Pancreas Foundation, Caring for Carcinoid Foundation, and PanCAN, and is past-president of the American Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Rustgi is a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals including Science, Cancer Cell, Journal of Clinical Investigation, New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet, American Journal of Medicine, and Cancer Research, just to name a few. In addition, he is associate editor of Cancer Research, Cancer Biology & Therapy, and GI Cancer. His primary research interest is in GI cancer biology and genetics related to oral-esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and colon cancer, with a particular focus in tumor microenvironment.

Koushik K. Das, MD
Division of Gastroenterology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Koushik Das received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and completed his internship and residency in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He is currently a fellow in gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he will also complete his advanced endoscopy fellowship.

Dr. Das is American Board of Internal Medicine certified. He has held memberships in the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Das has published several abstracts and original papers on intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) and intestinal metaplasia.


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MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is acceptable for 0.5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit. Universal Activity Number: 827-0000-14-042-H01-P. Knowledge-based CPE activity.

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Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Anil Rustgi and Dr. Koushik Das have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individual listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, executive director, has no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is independently peer reviewed for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Off-Label Disclosures/Investigational Disclosures

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Dr. Rustgi and Dr. Das have indicated that they do not intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the US.

Dr. Rustgi and Dr. Das have indicated that they do not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the US.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from Celgene Corporation and Aduro BioTech.

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