Cancer break­through

Ir­ish boffins de­velop treat­ment to tackle ag­gres­sive tu­mours

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY LYNNE KELLEHER

pro­tein. Prof Young said: “Our hope will be to get the treat­ment to clin­i­cal tri­als at the end of our re­search pe­riod in pa­tients who had ad­vanced breast cancer to the brain to see if the treat­ment is ef­fec­tive. “What you re­ally would be hop­ing to do is to ex­tend the sur­vival pe­riod of th­ese pa­tients who have such tiny prospects of liv­ing af­ter their di­ag­no­sis of brain cancer.”

The pro­fes­sor said they found a pro­tein named RET was more plen­ti­ful in brain tu­mours than in breast cancer ones re­moved sur­gi­cally from the same pa­tient.

With the fund­ing Prof Young and her team will spend the next three years un­cov­er­ing the ex­act role of RET in the spread of breast cancer.

She said: “The tu­mours we looked at in the lab were dif­fer­ent types of breast tu­mours and we want to ex­pand this out now to see if what we are see­ing is re­ally real.”

Around 2,800 women are di­ag­nosed with breast cancer ev­ery year here.

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