Recognition and ablation of preneoplastic or in situ stage neoplasms would be an ideal method for prevention of cancers. This approach is particularly difficult for internal organs such as the pancreas that are not conveniently visualized or accessible for physical examination, biopsy or evaluation by cytologic studies. Thus, there is relatively little prospective experience in the recognition of preneoplastic lesions of the human pancreas.
Several retrospective approaches have been utilized in attempts to recognize such lesions. In our studies we evaluated selected miRNAs in non-invasive and/or invasive IPMNs, as well as genetic aberrations in pancreatic intraepithelial lesions.
For our ongoing studies on the role of micorRNA in preneoplastic lesions, our collaborator, Prof. Campani recently obtained a grant on “OMICS signature in Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMNs) progression”, as reported in the webpage of Istituto Toscano Tumori (ITT): www.ittumori.it