Understanding the 24 Types of Prostate Cancer

bdhilton Member Posts: 802 Member
edited March 2014 in Prostate Cancer #1

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, the Wall Street Journal wrote a comprehensive piece on the discovery of the 24 different types of prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation heavily funded the research behind the reported discoveries at the University of Michigan and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These findings bring us one step closer to discovering cures for these prostate cancers.

Key findings from the article include:

This data will result in better, cancer-specific diagnostics that will enable medical professionals to cure more and over treat less—an important goal in treating prostate cancer patients and in the overall quality of healthcare.
Prostate Cancer Foundation funded research led to the identification of 24 gene fusions discussed in the Wall Street Journal piece. Though we don’t have a cure for prostate cancer yet, PCF funded research has gotten us one step closer.
Identifying these fusions will soon enable physicians and clinicians to distinguish between aggressive and non-aggressive prostate cancers and prescribe targeted treatments OR proactive surveillance for patients.
The identification of these fusions provides a roadmap to research the engines of these various types of prostate cancer and the ability to develop new targeted medicines.
New treatments are already on the horizon with the financial backing of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Read the full article here (PDF format).


  • Trew
    Trew Member Posts: 931 Member
    Excellent post. Thanks. I
    Excellent post. Thanks. I now wonder which of the 24 I had.