Unlocking cell secrets
CANCER cells in the blood of melanoma patients could contain information to guide treatment and avoid biopsies, according to a cancer researcher in Joondalup.
Elin Gray, a postdoctoral research fellow in the school of medical and health sciences at ECU Joondalup, is leading a $43,000 Cancer Council WA collaborative research grant.
The research investigates how cancer cells communicate with other cells by examining the blood of people with melanoma, which is the most aggressive type of skin cancer.
Dr Gray is working with doctors Katie Meehan at UWA, Jason Whiteman from Telethon Kids Institute and Tarek Meniawy at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
“As a team, we want to maximise the success rate of melanoma treatment by understanding the biology of how the cancer cells and the immune system communicate,” she said.
“If we can find more information in the blood of patients, it could be useful in diagnosing the disease or guiding treatment for melanoma patients.
“This could reduce the need for a more invasive biopsy procedure.”
Researcher Elin Gray.