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CNIO researcher awarded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation
Date:3/13/2014

aggressive tumour behaviour, even after early diagnosis," warned the CNIO researcher.

"We are currently working with several national and international centres to study samples from hundreds of patients something that will allow us to distinguish between tumours that behave aggressively and those that don't," he added.

Once the genetic markers that allow an estimate to be made of the degree of aggressiveness of prostate cancer have been identified, Olmos will begin working on a generation of new preclinical models that will hasten the development of more effective treatments.

At the same time, his unit at the CNIO is participating in and coordinating several clinical trials in collaboration with other oncology centres in Spain, Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, in order to develop new treatments designed around genetic markers for tumour aggressiveness.

Olmos also added that over the next few years "we will study, together with other renowned international centres, treatments that are especially directed towards the repair of damage and errors in the DNA's genetic code as in the case of PARP protein inhibitors."

LIQUID BIOPSIES FOR THE STUDY OF TUMOURS

Another of the milestones achieved by the CNIO researcher was the 2012 development of a detection technique for aggressive prostate tumours based on simple blood tests. Now, his team is working on the validation of this practice via a large-scale study of up to 300 patients from 30 centres around Spain.

"Our aim is to be able to detect aggressive prostate cancers using a fast, simple blood test," said Olmos.


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Contact: Nuria Noriega
nnoriega@cnio.es
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO)
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