Monday, November 10, 2014

Practice makes perfect

Down under, ovarian cancer research is going to be based on the model for researching breast cancer - many subtypes, etc. Ovarian cancer is much rarer and has much higher fatality rates. The biggest problem with ovarian is it is often not detected until it is later stage. Their is no 'mammogram' for ovarian cancer for screening for high risk women.

"Ovarian Cancer Australia has announced a landmark national action plan, following in the footsteps of breast cancer researchers.

They hope the plan will see the same gains in survival rates and treatment options that similar strategies have made for other cancers.

The plan aims to diversify clinical trials and tailor treatment to specific subgroups of the disease that have only recently been discovered.

"What we know about ovarian cancer now is there are many more subgroups than we previously thought - that's come from understanding the gene wiring of the cancers," researcher Professor Clare Scott said.

An initial investment of $1 million between Ovarian Cancer Australia and the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre has been put towards establishing new clinical trials that target the unique molecular characteristics of each cancer subgroup."

So after practicing cancer research for decades, the advancements are going to be applied to ovarian cancer as well. Its about time.

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