Breast cancer treatment to be revolutionised

| 18/04/2012

(The Telegraph): Breast cancer has traditionally been viewed as a single condition which has three or four varieties, but researchers discovered it can be separated into ten distinct types which give patients dramatically varying chances of survival. Knowing which category a patient's cancer falls into will help doctors determine which treatments stand the best chance of eliminating the tumour, and avoid those least likely to benefit the patient. The project, the largest genetic study of breast cancer tissue that has ever been conducted, was hailed by charities as a step towards the "holy grail" of tailoring treatments to the needs of individual patients. Unnecessary treatment with toxic drugs is still a major risk in breast cancer treatment because doctors are unable to determine which patients will respond best to which drugs.

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