POWERED BY THE DENTISTRY NETWORK

UCLA Dentistry discovers cellular signals between pancreatic cancer tumors and saliva

A research team led by Dr. David Wong at the UCLA School of Dentistry is making progress in the detection of pancreatic cancer. They are finding that biomarkers appear in the saliva, as produced by a cancerous tumor. A tumor produces exosomes that then become re-processed into recognizable biomarkers in the saliva that are unique to the type of cancer, in this case, pancreatic.
_______________________________________________________________________
Related articles on DentistryIQ
        - OralID makes cancer detection affordable
        - Oral bacteria may signal pancreatic cancer risk
        -UCLA study pinpoints types of bacteria in saliva associated with pancreatic cancer
_______________________________________________________________________

These findings make for a huge leap in progress for detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer, as the detection process has always been extremely invasive and therefore, difficult. As one of the deadliest forms of cancer with a low survival rate, the simplification of the detection process could raise those survival numbers drastically by making treatment possible at an earlier stage. 

Wong says, “This paper is significant because it provides credibility to the mechanism of systemic disease detection in saliva. We have been able to substantiate the biological connection between systemic disease and the oral cavity.”

Visit ScienceCodex.com for the full article.

Related Articles

AAPD pediatric oral health research and policy center issues Medicaid audit technical brief

DentistryIQ Editors 02/09/2015

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), one of the leading authorities on children’s oral health, released a technical brief titled “Unique Considerations for Medicaid Audits of Pediatric Dental Practices.”

OralID / CytID named among The Best Products of 2014

DentistryIQ Editors 02/09/2015

In December of 2014, Forward Science Technologies LLC received another award for its game-changing oral cancer-screening device OralID.

Ask Dr. Christensen: Are direct resin veneers as reliable as ceramic veneers?

02/06/2015

Dr. Gordon Christensen answers questions from dentists regarding the challenges of everyday practice.

TicTocStop oral orthotic device

First-time clinical study tests a noninvasive treatment for Tourette's using an oral orthotic device

02/05/2015

Tourette’s syndrome, first diagnosed in 1885, currently has no cure, and its etiology is still unclear in the medical community. Dr. Timothy Hottel describes a study intended to provide medical and dental teams with the ability to mitigate the clinical manifestations of Tourette’s. This is the first time a clinical study of this type has been done testing a noninvasive treatment for Tourette’s. The study will treat patients using an oral orthotic device against a placebo device.

Stay Connected

Subscribe to Dentistty IQ's Newsletters

Dental Photo of the Day

There is no current content available.
1421 S. Sheridan Road
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74112
PH: 800.331.4633