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Bel Marra Health Reports on a New Study: Software Originally Used for Star Gazing Now Being Used to Analyze Breast Cancer Tissue
Date:3/3/2013

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) March 03, 2013

Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, is reporting on a new research that shows the success of software originally used for star gazing and how it is now being used to analyze breast cancer tissue.

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/cancer/star-gazing-software-and-breast-cancer/) one of the most common procedures involved in the diagnosis of cancer of the breast involves getting a small tissue sample or biopsy from the breast and subjecting these to different staining methods.

These special stains allow the pathologist to identify specific proteins, such as the estrogen receptor (ER), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), and B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL2), which provide information on the patient’s response to cancer treatment. At the same time, these stains help the pathologist determine the actual breast cancer stage of a patient. The information provided by histopathological staining allows the oncologist to design a cancer treatment scheme for the patient.

Although the staining procedure seems relatively simple and straightforward, those working in the pathology laboratories are often faced with problems relating to biopsy processing. First, these biopsy specimens need to be processed within a few hours of removal from the breast because these tissue proteins are very delicate and easily react to external conditions.

Second, certain proteins in the breast tissue are difficult to analyze using current staining procedures. It may be possible to obtain high-quality staining using tissue samples from one patient, but that does not assure the pathologist that the same results will be observed in the tissue of the next patient.


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