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Cancer experts form new initiative to improve treatment

Cancer experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of Cape Town have formed a new initiative to improve treatment.

UCT’S Dr Musa Mhlanga. Picture: www.csir.co.za.

CAPE TOWN - Cancer experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University of Cape Town (UCT) have formed a new initiative to improve treatment.

The Biomedical Translational Research Initiative has been established in conjunction with the Science and Technology Department.

The initiative will enable scientists to recommend better treatment approaches to doctors.

The initiative will use techniques such as imaging and stem cell biology to better understand the genetic makeup that characterises various forms of cancer.

UCT professor Doctor Musa Mhlanga heads up the project and says the precision medicine research can reveal different treatment options for patients whose cancer is not responding to standard therapy.

In a recent talk, Mhlanga revealed a third of cancer deaths can be linked to a high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity and tobacco and alcohol use.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)