Discovery: A Gene Not Responsive to Radiation

by Maggan

in Breast Cancer Research,Radiation


A cancer research team in Lund, Sweden has found a new a gene profile that can help oncologist better determine when lumpectomy followed by radiation may not be appropriate.

The newly discovered gene reveals whether or not a tumor will respond to radiation. Women who have tumors with this particular gene will in the future most likely be advised to have a full mastectomy.

Currently all women who have breast conserving surgery will undergo some form of radiation since statistics show that up to 40 percent of those who don’t have radiation after  a breast sparing procedure will have a cancer recurrence.

The gene discovery study needs to be fully completed before any new standards regarding lumpectomy and radiation can be made common practice.

(The photo above shows a single breast cancer cell, not the newly discovered gene.)

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