Breakthrough in Ovarian Cancer Research Brings Hope

For years, ovarian cancer has only been detectable in its most advanced stages, leaving women with almost no hope for survival once diagnosed. But a new study, released Wednesday, has reported findings that may not only be able to detect the onset of ovarian cancer but also target genetic weaknesses in cancer cells.

TP53 creates a tumor suppressor protein, stopping cells from growing and dividing uncontrollably. Mutations in the gene disrupt this protein’s function. Researchers also established how sets of genes are expressed, identifying patterns for 108 genes associated with poor survival and 85 genes associated with better survival. This—coupled with the findings of scientists at the Ovarian Cancer Action that found that cancer cells do not in fact build immunities to cancer drugs, but instead contain cells that are resistant to them—will aid tremendously in the ability to target and destroy cancer cells in the future. Read more…

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