New Delhi: With an estimated 1.4 crore cancer cases, it is the second largest cause for mortality, killing over 8.8 lakh people. To combat cancer, researchers are exploring multiple ways to find effective treatment options. As the world finds its way in exploring newer possibilities of treating cancer, at home young Indians are also steadfast on the lookout for better techniques to diagnose cancers that can lead to more effective treatment measures.
At a scientific convention held in Delhi recently on radiation oncology, which is a medical specialty involving the use of radiation therapy as a treatment method to cure cancer, latest observations were presented before the scientific community.
Present at the convention Dr Kunal Sharma from CORE Diagnostics, attracted the attention of fellow researchers towards certain latest internationally validated findings, “The findings we presented addressed the latest outlook towards cancers, in particular, CNS tumours, where molecular testing is the new benchmark to classify, predict outcome and assess treatment response. Tumors were conventionally classified by histology, which is the microscopic study of cancer cells and their interactions with the surrounding tissue. It was found that the classifications were not exactly predictive and prognostic especially in brain tumours and the tumours could be better grouped on the basis of their molecular profiles. This changes the way tumours are treated, and hence, despite them appearing as a certain kind, their classification, behaviour and response to treatment, would depend on their molecular characteristics.”
It was established that histopathology should be considered only to go for the next level of testing, which in CNS tumors, is molecular testing. The direct impact of these findings on cancer is more accurate diagnosis of cancers, predicting overall survival, choice of therapy and therapeutic response.