Firstly, Prof. Young briefed the challenge we face on cancer that more than 50% cancers occurring worldwide are in less developed regions and more than 6 in 10 cancer deaths worldwide occur in less developed regions. This study was performed in 2010.
The following diagram briefed “What is Cancer?” That is a disease of uncontrolled growth and inappropriate survival. Cancer from normal cell transferred to Tumour cell through the accumulation of multiple mutations included Genetics, Virus, Diet & Chemicals.
Prof. Young said the human body contained over 50 million million (50,000,000,000,000) cells. Only six seconds, we had made huge number of different cells below.
Then Prof. Young demonstrated the cancer cell growth through video.
Different regions had different dominated cancer. The characteristic of virus-associated human cancers were discussed.
1. Long latency period between primary infection and tumour development (5 to 50 years).
2. Only small percentage of virus-infected individuals develops the tumour.
3. Complex multi-step pathogenesis.
4. Virus infection is on link in a chain.
The following showed that it must be treated the cancer stem cell otherwise tumor would relapse.
Epstein-Barr Virus - Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte (EBV-CTL) for clinical trials were discussed in which vaccine could be developed from people blood individually. It could develop the stratified (personalized) medicine.
At the end, Prof. Young concluded that Cancer became a chronic, controllable disease through Prevent, Diagnosis, Prognosis, Therapy, Targeted drugs and Biological Therapies.
Warwick Alumni Event HK - http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/alumni/news/events/younghongkong
My previous cancer related articles:
Cancer Prevention and Intestinal Bacteria (I) - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2009/01/cancer-prevention-and-intestinal.html
Cancer Prevention and Intestinal Bacteria (I) - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2009/01/cancer-prevention-and-intestinal_23.html