New drug offers hope for pancreatic cancer patients

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Sadly 90% of pancreatic cancer patients die within five years making it the lowest survival rate among the most common types of cancers.

Professor Shudong Wang (pictured top right), UniSA Head of Drug Discovery and Development, aims to reverse these devastating outcomes with the new innovative drug that is set to be the breakthrough desperately needed for pancreatic cancer.

Taken as an oral capsule, Auceliciclib has been designed to specifically target a family of enzymes called cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), which are particularly active in pancreatic cancer. Surrounding cells are not affected, which reduces the toxicity and side effects.

This new drug is already showing promise based on its remarkable activity against several preclinical cancer models including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

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A human face to pancreatic cancer: Adelaide resident Gaynor van der Walt (pictured bottom right), 71, who received her diagnosis in February 2021. Read more about her story on here.


A human face to pancreatic cancer: Adelaide resident Gaynor van der Walt, 71, who received her diagnosis in February 2021

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