LAHORE  - The most significant factor in diagnosing a bone cancer is staging, which forecast the location of the cancer and where it is affecting the functions of the body. The staging also predicts the chances of survival.

This was stated by Prof Alia Husain during a lecture at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday. She was speaking on “Update in Classification, Molecular Biology and Staging of Sarcomas”. Prof Alia has more than 126 publications and her specialties are surgical and pediatric pathology and lung transplantation and heart biopsies.

“Doctors use diagnostic tests to determine the stage of cancer, so staging is complete until all the tests are completed. Knowing the stage helps the doctor to decide what kind of treatment is best and can help predict a patient's chance of recovery,” she opined.

The information needed to stage sarcomas includes biopsies, imaging tests of the tumor (usually with CT or MRI scans) and imaging tests of other parts, she said adding that molecular techniques like karyotyping and Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization are also being used for finding genetic basis of the disease.   She said a staging system is very helpful for the medical staff to summarise the extent of a cancer spread. The system often used to stage sarcomas is the TNM system in which T stands for the size of the tumor, N for spread and ‘M’ is for metastasis.

death: Mother of senior journalists Mansoor Malik and Amer Malik died here on Friday after protracted illness and her funereal prayers will be held at 10am on Saturday. Her funeral will be taken out from her residence, Johar Town 630-P Block Lahore.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of mother of Mansoor Malik and Aamir Malik. In a condolence message, the CM prayed that may Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace. PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, LCWU VC Dr Sabiha Mansoor, GCU VC Dr Muhammad Khaleequr-Rahman, Young Doctors Association office bearers and Punjab Teachers Union have expressed grief over her death.