The Latest InCancer Research
Cancer develops when genetic material (DNA) becomes damaged or changed. Some cancer causing genetic changes are inherited, while others come from exposure to chemicals (such as those in cigarette smoke), radiation, certain microbes or other environmental factors. Studying cancer genomics explores the differences between cancer cells and normal cells.
There’s a paradigm shift taking place: We’re moving from an organ-focused (type of cancer) approach to a gene-focused approach. Research funded by the NFCR has been focusing on DNA for years and the organization supports the up-and-coming, widespread focus on cancer genomics. This shift is already having a profound effect on the way cancer is treated.