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A periodic table for cancer


Cancers exhibit differences in metastatic behavior and drug sensitivity that correlate with certain tumor-specific variables such as differentiation grade, growth rate/extent and molecular regulatory aberrations. In practice, patient management is based on the past results of clinical trials adjusted for these biomarkers. Here, it is proposed that treatment strategies could be fine-tuned upfront simply by quantifying tumorigenic spatial (cell growth) and temporal (genetic stability) control losses, as predicted by genetic defects of cell-cycle-regulatory gatekeeper and genome-stabilizing caretaker tumor suppressor genes, respectively. These differential quantifications of tumor dysfunction may in turn be used to create a tumor-specific 'periodic table' that guides rational formulation of survival-enhancing anticancer treatment strategies.

Type Journal
ISBN 1744-8301 (Electronic) 1479-6694 (Linking)
Authors Epstein, R. J.;
Responsible Garvan Author Prof Richard Epstein
Publisher Name Future Oncology
Published Date 2015-01-01
Published Volume 11
Published Issue 5
Published Pages 785-800
Status Published in-print
URL link to publisher's version
OpenAccess link to author's accepted manuscript version