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The team identified new symptoms that could help doctors diagnose pancreatic cancer.

Congratulations to Dr Weiqi Liao, Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox and colleagues (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences) for this recognition of their research. Their paper, published in November 2021 in the British Journal of General Practice ranked second in the journal’s annual countdown for the top 10 most read research published in 2021.

Their research identified two previously unrecognised symptoms of pancreatic cancer and confirmed a further 21 signs of the disease. They showed that patients often have some symptoms of the disease up to a year before their cancers are diagnosed, and other alarming symptoms three months before diagnosis. The researchers hope their findings could improve survival by helping GPs diagnose the disease earlier, especially when patients present with several seemingly non-specific symptoms.