It’s Time for Us to Think About Cancer Differently

“It’s Time for Us to Think About Cancer Differently.” By Paula Mejia, Newsweek.

Cancer is typically classified by where the cancerous tissues originated—so cells clustering in the lungs are called “lung cancer,” and those in the throat are “throat cancer.” But many kinds of cancer affect more than one kind of tissue, which can make diagnosis and treatment complicated. So what if we thought about cancer not in terms of where it is located but rather by more precise molecular and cellular criteria? A study published today in the journal Cell suggests that 1 in 10 cancer patients could be more accurately diagnosed if cancer were defined by molecular and genetic characteristics. The data in the study came from the Pan-Cancer initiative.

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