“Deborah agreed to take part in a trial as she was keen to help other cancer patients in the future. "If taking part in a trial means others might be helped then I’m very happy with that."
A study looking at the genetics of lobular carcinoma in situ (GLACIER)
This study looked at genetic changes that may increase the risk of lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or invasive lobular breast cancer. This trial was supported by Cancer Research UK.
LCIS is not cancer but means that there are changes to some of the cells in the breast. Having LCIS increases your risk of getting breast cancer in the future.
In this study, the researchers looked at genetic changes in a large number of women who had been diagnosed with LCIS or a type of breast cancer called invasive lobular breast cancer. They hoped to find out more about the genetic causes.
The aim of the study was to identify genetic changes that may increase the risk of LCIS or invasive lobular breast cancer.
Summary of results
The research team found one new genetic change that they think increases the risk of developing invasive lobular breast cancer.
The research team looked at the genes of
- 1,470 women with invasive lobular breast cancer
- 312 women with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
- 4,755 women who didn’t have breast cancer (the control group)
Genes are codes that tell our cells how to behave. They are grouped together in 23 pairs of chromosomes. The research team looking at the samples in this study found a change on chromosome number 7 that they think increases the risk of lobular breast cancer. The change on chromosome 7 does not appear to be linked to invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common form of breast cancer.
They also found that some of the known genetic changes that increase the risk of breast cancer in general, increase the risk of developing LCIS or invasive lobular breast cancer in particular.
The research team concluded that some genetic changes increase the risk of all breast cancers, and some increase the risk of specific types of breast cancer.
We have based this summary on information from the team who ran the trial. The information they sent us has been reviewed by independent specialists (
How to join a clinical trial
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Dr Rebecca Roylance
Dr Elinor Sawyer
Breast Cancer Campaign
Cancer Research UK
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
This is Cancer Research UK trial number CRUK/07/075.