Genetic link found between brain, skin and bone cancer
American researchers have identified a genetic link between three different types of tissue cancer.
They have found 20 percent of all skin, bone and brain cancers share a defective version of a gene known as STAG2.
It is now hoped the new findings will be used to develop new treatments for all three strains of the disease.
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The researchers, from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, conducted the study initially to find a mutated gene in common forms of brain cancer.
They are now going to conduct further studies to see if the gene is present in other forms of cancer.
“In the cancers we studied, mutations in STAG2 appear to be a first step in the transformation of a normal cell into a cancer cell," said Todd Waldman from the university.
“We are now looking at whether STAG2 might be mutated in breast, colon, lung, and other common human cancers.”
Meanwhile, David Soloman, a student involved in the study, added: “We are now attempting to identify a drug that specifically kills cancer cells with STAG2 mutations.”
“Such a drug would be of clinical benefit to the many patients whose tumors have inactivation of STAG2.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”