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Monday 21 April 2014

New method to predict cancer treatment

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

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."

Irish Independent

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