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How white blood cells could predict chances of surviving ovarian cancer

12 October 2017 10:17 PM
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A team of international cancer researchers has made a discovery that could help predict the chances of survival for patients with high-grade ovarian cancer.

In the largest study of its kind, the Ovarian Tumour Tissue Analysis Consortium found that patients with high levels of a white blood cell called 'tumour infiltrating lymphocytes' (TILs) had a greater chance of recovering.

That's significant, considering about 1,500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and the overall five-year survival rate is just 43 percent, compared to 90 per cent for breast cancer.

RN Breakfast spoke to one of the consortiums co-ordinators, Susan Ramus from the University of New South Wales.


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