Ex-Crispin School student Andy Green at lead of breakthrough breast cancer test
ONE of the lead researchers behind a just-revealed medical breakthrough that could rewrite the book on testing for breast cancer more accurately is an ex-local lad.
Dr Andy Green of the University of Nottingham is a former Ashcott Primary School pupil as well as a Crispin School student in Street.
Dr Green, 42, and his team at the university, together with Nottingham Prognostics Limited and Medical Research Council, have made global headlines in the past day by unveiling a new test that looks for seven different types of breast cancer in one go.
Put simply, traditional testing only looks for two specific types of protein, or biomarkers, that are prone to tumours. Dr Green's new test instead looks for ten proteins.
Various combinations of these are grouped together under seven classes or types of breast cancer, each having its own survival rate and recommended action to prevent over- or under- treatment.
This new test, called the Nottingham Prognostic Index Plus, will undergo trials but may become used within the next two years.
Project funder Breast Cancer Campaign said: "The seven types of breast cancer that Dr Green’s team have identified are linked to survival, so if this test makes it to the clinic this would give doctors more information about a women’s likely survival so they could adjust treatment accordingly.
"For example, if a woman had a type of breast cancer that has been shown to have very good survival outcome her doctors might discuss the option of not having chemotherapy, so avoiding unnecessary treatment and side effects."
Dr Green's parents still live in Woolavington and Moorlinch. He said: "I come back as and when time allows. It's my home.
"I went to Cheddar First School and Catcott and Ashcott. I basically grew up in the Polden villages.
"I went to Crispin and left Strode College in 1989 to do an undergraduate degree in London. I had no desire to go into medical research but serendipity saw me get a postgraduate post in the University of Hull researching breast cancer diagnosis."
Since then Dr Green lived in Leicester for six years before settling in Nottingham for the past ten years.
Dr Green is a senior research fellow within the School of Molecular Medical Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He has published 94 papers in international scientific journals.