Studies Suggest Our View of Cancer Is Outdated
It's not about a particular organ, it's about gene mutations
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 6:33 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Two major studies of common cancers have zeroed in on the particular gene mutations associated with both, a breakthrough that could lead to better treatment for those with acute myeloid leukemia and endometrial cancer, reports the Boston Globe. But the studies also lend credence to a broader idea: that our traditional way of defining cancer by the organ in which it originates is outdated, reports the New York Times. Instead, it might be time to start thinking of cancer in terms of genetic mutations.

In the latest studies, for example, researchers were surprised to discover that the worst endometrial tumors of the uterine were remarkably similar to the worst forms of breast and ovarian cancer. That raises "the tantalizing possibility that the three deadly cancers might respond to the same drugs," writes the Times' Gina Kolata. This emerging approach is called "precision medicine," notes the Wall Street Journal. The theory has been around for a while, but the new research under the sprawling Cancer Genome Atlas project seems to validate it. "It is very rewarding—I can't overstate it," says one expert not affiliated with the work.

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realtruth
May 2, 2013 6:35 AM CDT
I demand we quit studying this at once.. What a stupid useless effort of Science.. Why should we spend money on this type of research.. While there are so many unturned un-photographed rocks and dirt on Mars.. NOT!!!
lvan
May 2, 2013 5:02 AM CDT
Study also suggests to stfu and find a cure. Studies concluded that studies about studies are useless.
drflora3rd
May 2, 2013 4:06 AM CDT
As the film "Forks Over Knives", the books and DVD's of the RAVE Diet, Dr. John McDougall, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book from the Cleveland Clinic explain, involving the intensive research of Cornell's Dr. T. Colin Campbell, it's what the IGF-1 (growth factor) protein in all forms and fat percentages of dairy products does to our genes, causing human cells to multiply out of control that we have to worry about. The cow is the only animal that has a duplicate of the human IGF-1. Getting rid of cow's milk products is the answer to prostate, breast, skin and endometrial cancers! (and to diabetes, lupus, schizophrenia (when combined with the gluten from wheat, rye and barley), and all forms of lung and sinus congestion, i.e. colds, flu, pneumonia, etc.