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This device could revolutionize the way we treat one of the deadliest cancers in the world

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It's rare, but it's responsible for the death of Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, among others.

The pancreas, where the cancer starts, sits behind the stomach near a bunch of other important organs.

That's also a tricky approach, she said, because when you inject the chemotherapy into the bloodstream it's still difficult to reach the pancreatic tumor with very few blood cells.Her solution?

With the help of MIT and the Massachusetts General Hospital, she came up with a new way to deliver the chemotherapy drugs so they go directly to the pancreas.

"The device is still in pre-clinical trials, which means it hasn't made its way into humans yet.

But because it will be using a drug that's already used to treat pancreatic cancer called paclitaxel , Indolfi told Fast Company in March that she hopes the clinical trial process will only take a few years, making it available to patients in about five years.Watch the full video: NOW WATCH: How to freeze water instantlyLoading video...

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