Saturday, April 28, 2012

Breaking Ground on Something Amazing

Wouldn't it be amazing if medical treatments could be as unique as each of us are? Well soon that could be a reality for cancer patients.  Some of you may have heard and even read about genetic fingerprinting.  Genetic fingerprinting takes into account that 1% of our DNA that makes us, well, who we are - separating us from everybody else.  Recently a study on breast cancer was released with regard to the genetic makeup of cancer cells.

In the study they found that breast cancer is really just an umbrella name to cover what they say can easily be divided into 10 different forms of cancer.   Professor Carlos Caldas, senior group leader at Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Research Institute and the Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge, said: “Our results will pave the way for doctors in the future to diagnose the type of breast cancer a woman has, the types of drugs that will work, and those that won’t, in a much more precise way than is currently possible.  This research won’t affect women diagnosed with breast cancer today. But in the future, breast cancer patients will receive treatment targeted to the genetic fingerprint of their tumour." Source below in Scientists Re-Write...

If you'd like to read more here are two links to the study:

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