Advances in Pancreatic Cancer: The Role of Metabolomics
Metabolomics is an emerging scientific field focusing on compounds, also known as metabolomes that are produced by biologic systems. Metabolomes represent phenotypic end-products of living entities, and are of particular interest as they represent a novel group of biomarkers that can be used for diagnosis, monitoring response to treatments, and more recently as potential therapeutic agents for benign but more so for malignant diseases. One of the main factors associated with improved survival of patients affected by malignancies is early diagnosis, particularly for those tumors with poor prognosis such as pancreatic cancer. Currently, there are no diagnostic tests for the screening of pancreatic cancer, and although novel biomarkers continue to be discovered, none has yet to be proven useful for this purpose. The main aims of this paper are to review the current literature and to summarize the most relevant advances in the field of metabolomics applied to pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
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