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Personalising Treatment

Breast cancer is a disease of the genes. Through the sequencing of the human genome, we now have a much greater understanding of breast cancer at the genetic level.

This has led to the discovery that breast cancer is, in fact, not one disease but many – there are up to ten different sub-types of breast cancer. Each sub-type develops, progresses and responds to treatment very differently. A greater understanding of the complexity of breast cancer has led to a more tailored, personalised approach to treatment – where the genetic ‘signature’ of a particular person’s breast cancer will be used to determine the most effective, targeted treatment options.

Personalising treatments research we fund investigates:

  • Finding new approaches to overcome resistance to existing cancer medicine
  • Identifying gene signatures that can help optimise breast cancer treatment
  • Determining which patients would benefit from radiotherapy