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Title: Written in blood
Authors: Gillies, Dawn
Grech, Godfrey
Baldacchino, Shawn
Keywords: Cancer -- Malta -- Prevention
Breast -- Cancer -- Diagnosis
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: University of Malta
Citation: Gillies, D., Grech, G., & Baldacchino, S. (2019). Written in blood. THINK Magazine, 27, 53-55.
Abstract: Breast cancer survival rates have been improving steadily in recent years. In Malta, 86.9% of patients currently survive, up 7% over the last decade. Thanks to new targeted therapies, the outlook is increasingly bright. But precision therapies need precision testing. Breast cancer diagnosis has reached new heights and with current tests using tissue biopsies, pathologists can classify patients for specific treatment. Precision medicine goes a step further. It provides more information, predicting the aggressiveness of the cancer and measuring the number of cells from the tumour that spread into the bloodstream. This does not mean that all requirements in precision therapy have been met. At the time of writing, there is no simple method to test patients’ ongoing benefit from treatment or to measure different tumour areas from one sample. For this to be possible, we need super-sensitive tests. This is where Prof. Godfrey Grech and Dr Shawn Baldacchino at the University of Malta come in.
ISSN: 2306-0735
Appears in Collections:Think Magazine, Issue 27

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