Cancer: Liquid Biopsy, Artificial Intelligence, Antibodies, What are the Advances in Research?

In France, nearly 4 million people currently live with cancer, according to the Arc Foundation for Cancer Research. And the figures published this Thursday by the World Health Organization’s specialized agency in this disease are alarming: some 35 million new cases of cancer should be detected in 2050, 77% more than in 2022.

The reasons for this worrying increase are numerous: aging, but also tobacco, alcohol, obesity, and air pollution. “I don’t know if we’ll manage to overcome cancer, but we’ll manage to control it,” said Éric Solary, president of the scientific council of the Arc foundation, who reminds that “today, we cure 60% of patients.” In the program Bonjour Docteur, the researcher and hematologist mentioned the advances in research on the occasion of World Cancer Day this Sunday.

Cancer better understood

“To overcome cancer, we must first understand it,” is what you can read on the website of the Arc Foundation for Cancer Research. This understanding has “immensely” progressed, assures Professor Éric Solary, who even estimates that “it is progressing every day.” “There was first an extremely rich period in the second half” of the 20th century with “the work of genetics and cell biology.” But at that time, “they did not lead to therapeutic applications,” recalls the researcher. “Since 2000, we have changed dimension,” explains Éric Solary. “We are constantly discovering new drugs. There are currently more than 1,000 under experimentation worldwide. Many have entered common practices in the last 20 years.” A finding that delights the professor: “It changes fast and it changes for the better!”

Researchers also focus more on the mechanisms of aging because “the main risk of cancer is aging,” says Éric Solary. Three-quarters of diagnoses concern those over 55, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *