What are your fears and hopes for cancer treatment in your life?

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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?"

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  • Jim Gleason

    Jim Gleason

    31 July 2017 at 08:34 | #

    It seems like every day there are new and exciting discoveries being announced in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Personally I feel blessed to have survived and thrived post-heart transplant since 1994 benefiting from advances like those and am very hopeful for even more treatment options in the years to come. Yes, I have experienced prostate cancer, skin cancers (many), and even kidney cancer, all of which have been successfully treated and overcome with these ongoing medical advances. I pray that your experiences may be similar, letting you live a full life despite this higher risk we share.


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