Cancer – when one became 10
Let’s begin with cancer, because 2012 may be the year that not only changed our understanding of the disease, but showed us where the future of diagnosis and treatment lies.
A groundbreaking study revealed that breast cancer is not one, but 10 separate diseases – each with a different cause, a different life expectancy and needing a different treatment.
Researchers made the discovery by analysing mutated DNA inside the tumours of 2,000 patients.
The vision for the future is that patients will have DNA from a tumour analysed and be given a treatment devised for their exact subtype of cancer.