Researchers Find a Genetic Substance That Identifies Aggressive Thyroid Cancers

Researchers Find a Genetic Substance That Identifies Aggressive Thyroid Cancers

Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have discovered a new genetic marker that can hone in on aggressive variants of thyroid cancer. The study focused on papillary thyroid carcinoma, which makes up nearly 90 percent of all thyroid cancers. This latest research builds on a 2012 study of genetic signatures from hundreds of people with thyroid cancer that showed which patients experienced metastasis and which did not. By identifying the mechanism of the protein, McMullen and his team said they could predict who will require recurrent thyroid cancer therapy and who can opt for a less intensive treatment. Click here to learn more about thyroid cancer and its available treatments.

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