I agree that a more personalized treatment plan would be effective at improving survival rate of patients. Cancer is such a tricky disease and extremely hard to fight. Any inkling found as early as possible can increase a person's ability to survive.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Hope for Pancreatic Cancer
In an article by UPI, researchers believe understanding the genetics of pancreatic tumors may allow a higher survival rate for those who are affected. The current statistic is that less than 9% of patients have five years left to live due to the fact that many have been diagnosed late with incurable tumor. If found early on, chemotherapy could aid in destroying tumors. At the University of Pittsburgh scientists analyzed the genomes of 3600 people , which concluded that in 17% react to current chemotherapy. The researchers found that one of the hereditary genes from the BRCA family (associated with breast cancer) augments the chances of getting pancreatic cancer. Instead of having all patients receive the same treatment, it should be based on the person's needs.