Cancer is a group of more than 100 distinct diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, it is a major cause of sickness and death throughout the world. 13% of the human population died because of cancer in 2007, which in other words means 7.9 million lives were lost to this terrible condition.
According to the BBC, a first volume of a “book of cancer knowledge” has been published. This new “encyclopaedia” details how hundreds of different cancer cells respond to anti-cancer agents. However, more than a “book of cancer” we’re talking about a study, the largest study of its kind, published today in Nature. Researchers have profiled genetic changes in cancer with drug sensitivity in order to develop a personalised approach to cancer treatments.
Now, this does not mean cancer will be cured all around the world by means of this new study.
The goal of cancer treatment is to match the right drug to the right target in the right patient. But before such “personalized” drugs can be developed, more knowledge is needed about specific genomic alterations in cancers and their sensitivity to potential therapeutic agents: Harvard Gazette.
To learn more about this new study, click here. To learn more about cancer click here and don’t forget to talk to your physician if you think you might have it or want to learn about ways to prevent it.
March 29th, 2012.