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Cancer Gene Discovery Could Save Lives

Published fredag 4 september 2009 kl 12.07

Could genes determine whether breast cancer responds to radiotherapy treatment? According to Swedish researchers from Lund University in the far south of the country, this could be the case, Swedish Radio News reports.

A newly discovered gene shows whether the cancerous tissue is sensitive to the radiation or not. At the moment most cancer treatment involves removing some of the breast and then treating the rest through radiotherapy. If doctors find the gene, they could then choose to remove the whole breast straight away instead, saving lives.

7000 women in Sweden are affected by breast cancer annually, 1500 of them die.

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