New Clue Predicts Breast Cancer Behavior

The wound-healing genetic activity seemed to be a better predictor of patient survival than other prognostic markers clinicians commonly use, such as tumor size, node status and patient age. About 30 percent of women with early breast cancer will experience disease spread (metastases), in which case adding chemotherapy to surgery and radiotherapy improves their prognosis, Jacobson explained. However, 70 percent of patients whose cancer doesn't progress don't need chemotherapy. By analyzing wound-response signature in cancerous cells, the researchers correctly identified 90 percent of patients who developed metastases.


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