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August 3, 2010

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A ‘completely different approach’ to cancer treatment BBC news by Alex Hudson

“Up until very recently, all patients with breast cancer were basically given the same therapy.

“We now clearly know that’s not the right way to do things.”

Professor Peter Rigby, chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research, believes that recently the way treatments for cancer are being researched has completely changed.

And this, he thinks, is because of great strides made on how scientists are able to understand the genetic code.

In 2003, the Human Genome Project succeeded in sequencing the human genome to 99.9% accuracy, allowing scientists to “read” human DNA. Since then, researchers have been using this so-called roadmap to find a correlation between certain genomes and cancer.

This means that, in theory at least, cancer could be treated on a molecular level rather than using current therapies – such as chemotherapy or surgery – which damage many healthy cells along with those which are cancerous.

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October 6, 2009

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» New treatment raises hope for thalassaemia patients

Netdoctor news: New thalassaemia treatment could cut mortality

Thalassaemia is an inherited condition that results in anaemia and requires regular blood transfusions.

Scientists at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London have developed a treatment that could reduce the mortality rate from thalassaemia by 71 per cent ……