18 million euro for large research to early stage breast cancer
Pathologist Jelle Wesseling of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam is going to investigate the stages of breast cancer (DCIS). He has almost 18 million euros by the British Cancer Research UK and the Dutch KWF Cancer society.
DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) is a condition that, if a few thousand women per year are discovered. In DCIS there are abnormal cells in the melkgangetjes in the chest.
According to Wesseling can which abnormal cells breast cancer. “But we now know that this often does not happen. Sometimes to grow abnormal cells, but very slowly. In addition, can DCIS does not metastasize. In many cases can DCIS actually therefore no evil”, says the pathologist.
At this time, is not to be distinguished for which women DCIS will become breast cancer and which are not. The study of Wesseling, therefore, has as purpose the distinction between high risk and low risk to determine “to a lot of women to an unnecessary and burdensome treatment to save”.