Monday, 14 January 2019
Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton have made a breakthrough in ovarian cancer treatment
They’ve developed a new test that scans the shapes of tumour cells.
It looks for clusters of cells within tumours with misshapen nuclei; the control centres within each cell.
Women identified with these clusters of shape-shifting cells usually have the most aggressive form of ovarian cancer.
Only 15% survive for five years or more, compared with 53% for other patients with the disease.
The researchers found that having misshapen nuclei was an indication that the DNA of cancer cells had become unstable.
They believe the breakthrough could in future help doctors to select the best treatment for each patient.