The latest issue of the BIG Newsletter highlights the increasingly important role of molecular imaging in the neoadjuvant setting. Several e…read more
Great progress has been made, but cancer incidence continues to grow. In Western countries, research and screening programs have successfully reduced the mortality rate but the number of patients diagnosed has actually increased over time (+66% since 1975). Today, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8.
Chaired by Dr Martine Piccart and Dr Aron Goldhirsch, BIG’s mission is to facilitate and accelerate breast cancer research internationally. To fulfil its mission, BIG can count on a network of more than 3000 hospitals and more than 10000 doctors and researchers!
Metastatic breast cancer GPS
Academic programme “PRISM-BC”
Metastatic cancer represents the leading cause of death among breast cancer patients, and little progress has been made until now. By using the latest technologies to “molecularly screen” patients tumours, the GPS project aims to analyse the mechanisms of resistance to treatment (why some patients’ tumours respond poorly), to understand the sensitivity to treatment (why some patients’ tumours respond well) and to track the natural progression of the disease. This will be the first large-scale international programme of its kind to focus on metastatic breast cancer, in the hope of significantly improving patients’ lives.
Breast cancer poses many challenges. Scientists have discovered that it is not just one disease, but that it has many variations! To understand any one of these variations and to develop effective treatments, it is necessary to study biological samples and data from thousands of patients. Access to so many patients at one time is only possible if researchers from around the globe commit to working together.
BIG brings together the best breast cancer researchers from around the world to collaborate to find a cure. Many people are still affected. The fight is far from over. Therefore, we need greater awareness from around the world to find out more.
HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium