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Non-invasive Test Shows if Chemotherapy is Working

By Sandy Sand     Apr 16, 2009 in Science
The non-invasive test shows if chemotherapy is working after just one cycle of the toxic drugs given to cancer patients.
In a study published in today's issue of the Clinical Cancer Research journal, Dr. Fritz Eilber, assistant professor of surgical oncology and director of the Sarcoma Program at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center,said:
"The significance of this study was that it identified people -- more than half of those in the study -- who were not going to benefit from the treatment early in the course of their therapy,"
Results were promising and directed at the fine-tuning of treatments and:
… avoiding the sickening side-effects that often accompany cancer-fighting drugs.
The researchers used PET and CT scans to track tumors in 50 patients, who were given drugs to shrink tumors prior to surgery.
Eilber said the high-tech look at the tumors provided them with a “sort of molecular camera” that helped them to take “snapshots” of the metabolic function of the tumors.
Tests showed:
…that 28 of the tumors were not shrinking. "There's no point in giving a patient a treatment that isn't working," Eilber said.
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