Australians Attempt to Answer the Big Question: Has the Cancer Returned?

Monday, October 8th, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Nanotechnology Now reports that women with advanced breast cancer are the targets of a multi-million dollar grant awarded to the University of Queensland to develop a new and more accurate technique of determining whether or not cancer has spread through the body. The project is headed by Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology’s (AIBN) Professor Matt Trau.

Professor Trau said that one of the greatest fears for women treated for breast cancer was that the cancer would return and spread to other parts of their bodies.

“Rather than waiting for a lump or other symptoms to return, this team hopes to develop a blood test that would tell patients early if the cancer has returned, so they can receive treatment quickly and with a greater likelihood of success,” he said.

“Identification and treatment of women with early stage breast cancer, who are at risk of developing advanced breast cancer, remains a significant dilemma in breast cancer management.

“Our program aims to address this issue, because currently once a woman has advanced breast cancer, the prognosis is poor.”

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