And this is supposed to be good news? Personally I always look for the easy way out as my inherent laziness takes over. But this is supposed to be progress.
There was a study in England (because we needed yet another study)of the protein coding in 100 breast cancer tumors. The result showed how complex breast cancer really is.
The authors wrote in the online edition of Nature “A sobering perspective on the complexity and diversity of the disease is emerging,” ... which is publishing a series of studies of the genetic changes in breast cancer.
scientists ... found 73 different combinations of
disease-causing mutations in the tumors, each involving up to six
different genes from a set of 40 “driver genes.”
Seven of the 40 individual
driver genes were mutated in more than 10% of cases, but 33 others that
were less common also contributed to the development of the cancers, the
team reported. In 28 cases, a single mutation was enough to cause
The researchers identified nine new genes that caused
the cancers, and also found mutations in genes that were already known
to cause breast and other cancers.
Discovering that a single
disease — breast cancer — can appear in so many different guises means
that developing targeted therapies tailored to a patient’s tumor type
will remain a tall order in the near future.
After I read this about six times, it dawned on my tiny chemo brain that:
- they discovered nine new genes that cause breast cancer
- there are driver genes which are the real 'bad guys'
And this is progress? Well I guess if they find the genes that's a good start but its sort of like getting through a locked door and finding nine more locked doors behind them which you need to get through. The good news is you go through the first door. The bad news is there are nine more. And you have no idea what's behind them.
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