Better genetic diagnostics in Ugandan breast cancer patients

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Published: 29 May 2020
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Dr Julie Gralow - University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, USA

Dr Julie Gralow speaks to ecancer online about her ASCO 2020 virtual presentation which discussed the profiling of breast cancer patients in Sub Saharan Africa, specifically Uganda.

Joint with the Ugandan Cancer Institute, researchers in Seattle are looking at using RT-PCR instead of a more complex and expensive IHC approach, (using resources and capacity developed during the HIV pandemic).

Dr Gralow explains that using this technique is almost as good and specific as the more complex IHC methods - which would greatly improve the diagnosis, personalisation, and availability of breast cancer treatment in Sub Saharan Africa.