Breakthrough could stop the disease spreading to other parts of the body
(OLIVIA LERCHE, DAILY EXPRESS) Breast cancer cells that spread to other parts of the body break off and leave the primary tumor at late stages of disease development, scientists from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have found.
The findings reveal that catching and treating breast cancer before it spreads is a ‘realistic goal’.
Scientists also believe it opens the door to predicting which drugs will work against breast cancer that has already spread.
The survival rates are poor with figures revealing around 15 out of 100 women will survive advanced breast cancer for five years or more after diagnosis.
“Our study shows that in order to catch breast cancer before it spreads, early detection of breast cancer is key, and we provide a good rationale for continuing to improve methods for detecting breast cancer sooner,” said Dr. Peter Campbell, joint lead author from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
“These results show the power of genetic sequencing in understanding metastatic breast cancer and open the door to personalized treatment for breast cancer in the future.”
Most of the research into breast cancer has focused on primary breast cancer, and there is little understanding of the biology underpinning breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, known as metastatic cancer. READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT DAILY EXPRESS