Updated: 06/23/2014 22:06

Singapore scientists find ways to better treat nose cancer patients



Singapore scientists find ways to better treat nose cancer patients

A team of scientists from Singapore have paved the way to developing new treatments for nasopharyngeal cancer, or nose cancer as it's commonly known. 

Researchers from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore at NUS found mutated and dysfunctional genes in the cancerous cells of over 100 patients in Singapore. 

These mutated genes are found to worsen the disease. 

The study also uncovered protein types, which could be used to act as receptors to drugs used as treatment. 

Dr Dechen Lin, research fellow at the institute, explains the importance of this. 

"Many of these proteins discovered can bring more therapeutic regiments for these patients, more targeted treatment, which will have minimal side effects, it's more effective." 

Many potential therapeutic drugs have surfaced from the study, with some of them already in use for treating other types of tumours.

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