UCT researchers make inroads towards early diagnosis and treatment of cancer

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers are a step closer towards making a breakthrough in the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, after a unique discovery.

Professor Kevin Naidoo, the SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing at UCT's Department of Chemistry, and Dr Jahanshah Ashkani, who is also from UCT's Chemistry Department, found how the genetic expression pattern of six common cancer types can be used to make an accurate early diagnosis of cancer and treat the disease in a specialised manner.

Professor Naidoo spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo about the importance of this development in cancer treatment research.

Listen to the full conversation:

We looked at specific genes that modify the surfaces of cells, and the way tumor cells look on the surface is very different to the way normal cells look

Professor Kevin Naidoo, SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing at UCT's Department of Chemistry

This is the first step in making a breakthrough in the early diagnosis of cancer

Professor Kevin Naidoo, the SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing at UCT's Department of Chemistry

The problem with diagnosis is that there could also be misdiagnosis, and that is very dangerous

Professor Kevin Naidoo, the SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing at UCT's Department of Chemistry

If things go well with our research, we would like to pick up diagnosis right at the beginning

Professor Kevin Naidoo, the SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing at UCT's Department of Chemistry

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