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Study gives clues to how adrenal cancer forms
Date:6/4/2009

ion together with telomere dysfunction may be the basis for the genomic changes we see in adrenal cortical cancer and other malignancies," says study author Tobias Else, M.D., a post-doctoral fellow and Garry Betty Scholar in Adrenal Cortical Cancer Research at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Adrenal cancer is extremely rare -- about 600 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. It is typically diagnosed in late stages when there is nearly no chance of survival beyond five years. Researchers hope that a better understanding of how the disease develops will help lead to new treatments for a cancer type that gets little to no attention and limited research funding.

"This work proves a basic science principle and gives us understanding of how these genetic changes occur to give us this cancer. But it is not just limited to adrenal cancer. Our research started with the adrenal gland, but we saw tumors form in multiple parts of the body. This will be of broader interest to the scientific community," Else says.


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Contact: Nicole Fawcett
nfawcett@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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