Study Divides Breast Cancer Into Four Distinct Types


September 24, 2012

New York Times - In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the cancer. And within those types, they found hallmark genetic changes that are driving many cancers. These discoveries, published online on Sunday in the journal Nature, are expected to lead to new treatments with drugs already approved for cancers in other parts of the body and new ideas for more precise treatments aimed at genetic aberrations that now have no known treatment. The study is the first comprehensive genetic analysis of breast cancer, which kills more than 35,000 women a year in the United States.

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