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Inside the Lab Oncology, Histology, Technology and innovation

Origin Unknown? Not For Long...

Although most cancer patients present with a primary tumor, up to 15 percent first come to the oncologist’s attention with metastatic disease without a clear origin (1). Pathological study of cancers of unknown primary site (CUP) is challenging, and in roughly two to five percent of cases, no primary site is found (2) – resulting in a lengthy diagnostic process, and potentially delaying treatment. But what if a computer program could help identify the source?

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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