Advance in colon cancer treatment

A study of of colorectal tissue from 441 patients with colon cancer has found the genetic basis for the speed of tumour development.

Genes involved in a process called “notch signalling” cause tumours to grow at a faster rate, leading to lower survival rates for patients with colon cancer.

“Notch signalling” make tumours resistant to chemotherapy, increasing the risk of death eight-fold. Researches hope the discovery will lead to more effective chemotherapy treatments.

Read more at Western Australian Institute for Medical Research