‘Born to be bad’ or ‘born to be benign’ – testing cells for oesophageal cancer risk

‘Born to be bad’ or ‘born to be benign’ – testing cells for oesophageal cancer risk

Using the genetic testing of cells in a patients’ oesophagus could provide an early and accurate test for oesophageal cancer. Some cells in people with Barrett’s oesophagus are ‘born to be bad’ and could be identified early before they become cancerous. Barrett’s oesophagus is a common condition that is associated with an increased risk of developing oesophageal cancer. Researchers found the genetic make-up of these cells did not change over time and consequently a person’s risk of developing oesophageal cancer was essentially fixed over time.

ecancer, 19/08/2016