Tests Could Predict Benefit From Cancer Drugs

Cancer Research, News — By on October 29, 2008 at 11:59 am

What if a blood test or biopsy could predict if a cancer therapy will either help cure you or make you feel worse?

Tests like these, based on genes, proteins or other “molecular markers” may someday do just that for people battling colon, lung and pancreatic tumors, scientists reported at a news conference Tuesday. Markers in blood or tumor tissue may help those fighting colon, lung or pancreatic malignancies.

The ultimate goal is to bring personalized medicine to reality, to identify characteristics of tumors or patients where we can make a relatively dramatic impact using targeted agents,” said Dr. Bruce Johnson of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Johnson moderated the teleconference, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The goal of these studies are tests that could pinpoint which patients will reap the biggest benefit from a particular cancer therapy.

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