Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day TUE 29 JUL 14
Learn more about your country while keeping fit! Take a walking tour in Intramuros or any historical landmark near you.
  • Good House Keeping
    The July issue is our Makeover Special! Be inspired by the weight-loss successes of The Biggest Loser’s Kayen Lazaro and Osie Nebreja, who entered the reality TV show simply wanting to lose weight but ended up gaining whole new (healthier!) lives.
    Good Housekeeping
  • Women's Health
    Jumpstart your best body today with this month’s best foods special. Women’s Health shares over 100 of the best packaged foods for women, sourced from leading supermarkets, specialty stores, and delivery services.
    Women's Health
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
April 27, 2012

New Research Classifies Breast Cancer Tumors in Hopes of Determining Best Treatment Strategies

Researchers established that there are 10 types of breast cancer tumors, each of which respond better to specific treatments. By Jennifer Chan

A new study published in the journal Nature may have figured out a way to simplify how doctors look at breast cancer tumors. According to the research team known as the Molecular Taxonomy of Breast Cancer International Consortium, there are 10 different types of breast cancer. Each of these types respond better to specific treatments.

The research team analyzed 997 tumors from nearly 2,000 women in Canada and the UK who were diagnosed with breast cancer 5 to 10 years ago. However, they didn’t just look at gene mutations; they also took note of the participants'  gene activity, age when they were first diagnosed, and survival rate.

After around five years, the researchers were able to classify the tumors into 10 categories, which were then cross-examined with a new set of breast cancer tumors. The results confirmed their previous findings. Apparently, there are some tumor subgroups that respond well to certain treatments. For example, the researchers noted that tumors in two of the categories have fewer DNA abberations. This means they can respond better to new innovations in cancer treatment.

Armed with this information, the study authors hope that cancer patients will now have a better chance of getting the right treatment earlier, thus raising their life expectancy. "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," said Dr. Carlos Caldas, one of the co-authors of the study.


(Photo of woman by Gail Rau via sxc.hu; phot of pink ribbon by Nikki K via Wikimedia Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
Study Says It's Important for Us to Learn How to Forgive
It proves that to err is human, but to forgive is human, too.  Jul 28, 2014 
Why Watching TV to De-Stress May Backfire on You
You may be entertained for a while, but a new study reveals unseen negative effects.   Jul 25, 2014 
Here's Why a Little Bedtime Snack Is Good for You
Contrary to popular belief, it won't necessarily make you fat.  Jul 24, 2014 
This Is Why Alcohol and Energy Drinks Do Not Mix
Let's just say this is not the time to be adventurous.   Jul 22, 2014 
Don't Call Exercise
A new study shows that changing the way you think may help you lose weight.  Jul 18, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT