What are your fears and hopes for cancer treatment in your life?
Scientists create a catalog of cancer's weaknesses
Scientists have created a new catalog of the genetic vulnerabilities of cancer cells to accelerate research on how to target those genes to combat cancer. Researchers from the Broad Institute and Dana-Farber conducted genetic screens on hundreds of cell lines that represent more than 20 types of cancer. They turned up 769 genes that cancer cells depend on to grow and survive.
“The prospect of 'cancer precision medicine' seems alluringly simple — read the genomic profile of a patient's tumor and infer its weaknesses,” the Broad Institute's Jesse Boehm tells me. Some of that information can be gleaned from clinical trials, Boehm says, but the pace of the research overall is too slow. The new catalog can help make that research more efficient. “This serves both as guide for cancer drug hunters and a stimulus for the scientific community to finish this laboratory mapmaking for every type of cancer,” he says.
Your feedback: "So what are your own feelings/thoughts about the fear and hopes for successful living with the higher risk of cancer after an organ transplant? Specifically, have you had to deal with cancer post transplant already, and whether yes or not yet, what concerns and preventive actions are you taking to minimize that risk/impact? How has this concern impacted your life, if at all?"