New theories on breast cancer
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 6:13p.m.
By Alex Bourn
Scientists have taken a significant step towards a cure for breast cancer. They've found there are four different types of the disease, and that knowledge could lead to more effective treatments.
Seven women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand and each of them could suffer differently.
Research conducted by doctors in the United States has solved the mystery as to why women with the same disease have such diverse results.
“This study really confirmed that breast cancer is not one disease but it’s four different diseases,” says Dr Charles Perou. “And now what we've found here are some of the genetic causes of these four different diseases and that’s really important.”
It's important because knowing specific genetic changes that allow a tumour to grow gives researchers specific targets for treatment.
A drug that works for one type of breast cancer may not work for another. New Zealand oncologist Anna Bashford says the information could help eliminate cancer treatments that may be unnecessary.
The findings show genetic changes that are driving many cancers, including a resemblance between the genetic makeup of one type of breast cancer and that of ovarian cancer.
While doctors insist it will take years to translate the information into targeted medicine, the results are one step closer to finding a cure.
Researchers say to stay tuned, as this development is early progress towards the fight against breast cancer.
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30/09/2012 1:46:48 p.m.
Stop cellphone towers going up in suburbs and beside schools - research shows that a person has a 1 in 4 chance of getting cancer if they live within 500 metres of theses things!
30/09/2012 10:48:49 a.m.
I wonder wrote:
Too much radiation causes cancer.?
26/09/2012 1:54:33 a.m.
That Medical Model is still looking for the "Silver Bullet" which will do the job of ending cancer. -And they are still relying on the thing called "Genetics" which has nothing to do with cancer formation.The answers are to be found in our minds; -in our psyohology. Healers should separate themselves from an allegiance to the toxic chemicals industry which attracts them so mightily. That day will never come when the Magic Bullet" will be found...HEALERS do not walk among us armed with hypos...
25/09/2012 9:12:58 p.m.
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a week ago and we have been told she has a month to live (on morphine). Very tragic & so unfair at 62.
25/09/2012 8:06:24 p.m.
Temple V Nash, Jr. wrote:
Beware! Doctors are thinking again!
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