The present study was performed to assess the effects of diets supplemented with low (5%) and high (20%) corn oil on a Pts 56 retrovirus-induced model of pancreatic carcinogenesis in guinea fowl. The early microscopic lesions appear after 3 mo after virus treatment and progress over time. Eight to 10 mo after initiation, up to 100% of virus-inoculated birds develop multiple hyperplastic and neoplastic pancreatic lesions of duct/ductular phenotype. Short-term (1-4 mo) feeding of low- or high-fat diets, beginning at Month 3, had no significant effects on body and pancreatic weight. However, the incidence, multiplicity, and areas of the pancreatic tissue occupied by intra- and interlobular aggregates of hyperplastic ducts with mucinous metaplasia of the lining cells were significantly increased compared with the birds fed the common diet. At the same time, development of ductular neoplasms, particularly carcinomas, was retarded compared with the common diet-fed controls. Long-term (5-7 mo) fat intake resulted in an increase in body weight gain, while absolute pancreatic weights remained relatively constant. Furthermore, the high- and low-fat diets caused a significant increase in areas of retrovirus-induced pancreatic lesions, as well as an increase in multiplicity of ductular neoplasms compared with short-term fat feeding. It is concluded that short-term feeding of diets supplemented with 5% or 20% corn oil delayed the development of the common virus-induced ductular neoplasms, particularly carcinomas, and had an enhancing effect on development of hyperplastic inter- and intralobular aggregates of ducts. This finding was not observed, however, during the long-term feeding period of the study.