CRU 5002: Deciphering Genome Dynamics for Subtype-specific Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains a major challenge in cancer medicine. The aggressive tumor biology and remarkable resistance to conventional anti-tumor treatments are reflected in a 5-year PDAC survival rate of less than 8%. Despite significant scientific and clinical efforts the dismal prognosis of PDAC has remained unchanged for almost 30 years, and PDAC has been predicted to become the second leading cause of cancer related death within this decade.
Our Clinical Research Unit 5002 (CRU 5002) focuses on defined molecular subgroups of PDAC and explores subtype-specific genome dynamics and their implications on PDAC progression and therapy resistance. We believe that our findings can provide unique and novel avenues to refine PDAC treatment strategies towards stratification-based precision medicine, thus improving the outcome of PDAC patients.
The CRU 5002 aims at improving our understanding of subtype specificity in PDAC biology and therapy resistance and at creating solid foundations for stratification-based tailored treatment strategies in PDAC.