Carbon dating cancer: defining the chronology of metastatic progression in colorectal cancer

Date: 
15 May 2017
Source: 
The British Journal of Psychiatry
Audience: 
Professionals
Type of resource: 
Research

Patients often ask oncologists how long a cancer has been present before causing symptoms or spreading to other organs. The evolutionary trajectory of cancers can be defined using phylogenetic approaches but lack of chronological references makes dating the exact onset of tumours very challenging.