(Yicai Global) March 8 -- Chinese researchers have after five years of studies made inroads into figuring out how triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive type of the disease, starts and spreads.
Professor Shao Zhimin from Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and his team found out that triple-negative breast cancer is not a single illness but has genetic mutations in different subtypes, state-backed Shanghai Observer reported, citing Shao.
The study involved over 460 specimens, and built the world's largest triple-negative breast cancer gene map by a gene sequencing technology. The research team will next start clinical trials to develop targeted drugs as soon as possible.
If the scientific community can identify the types of gene mutation via clinical trials, it will be easier to detect potential patients early and receive more precise treatment, Shao said. The proportion of these mutations in Chinese patients was significantly higher than that in the US.
Patients who suffer from this type of cancer are usually young, and the offered treatment of chemotherapy has not achieved a satisfactory success rate.
Editor: Emmi Laine