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Wednesday 20 August 2014

New method to predict cancer treatment

Published 18/01/2013 | 05:00

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THERE is fresh hope for cancer sufferers after scientists here developed a new method of predicting which patients will respond best to chemotherapy.

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The breakthrough by scientists at the Royal College of Surgeons could have major implications for the 2,271 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in Ireland – the second most common cancer here.

The study focused on how protein cells interact in bowel cancer sufferers – which helps experts predict who will respond better to chemotherapy treatment and who will not.

A spokeswoman for the college said: "The discovery could, in the future, help identify individuals who will not respond to chemotherapy, before they commence treatment, and may therefore require additional therapies."

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