A reminder of the variety and complexity of cancers and cancer genetics, in this particular case, breast cancer. While this understanding holds great promise for improved and more personalized treatments, it also underlines just how much more work and understanding is needed. Quote:
Researchers and patient advocates caution that it will still take years to translate the new insights into transformative new treatments. Even within the four major types of breast cancer, individual tumors appear to be driven by their own sets of genetic changes. A wide variety of drugs will most likely need to be developed to tailor medicines to individual tumors.
“There are a lot of steps that turn basic science into clinically meaningful results,” said Karuna Jaggar, executive director of Breast Cancer Action, an advocacy group. “It is the ‘stay tuned’ story.”