New process developed to tackle resistant cancers

22 January 2015

A new platform to rapidly tailor drug combinations to treat resistant forms of lung cancer has been developed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Lead researcher Alice Shaw said: "If we understand what makes tumors resistant, then we can design better drug combinations - ones that not only attack the cancer but also cut off its escape routes. The current approach doesn't do the job effectively."

A new method of testing drug combinations has been developed throughout the research, which entails growing cancer cells taken from the patient in the laboratory, and using them to test potential treatments. Dr Shaw says it revealed effective combinations that would not have been found through standard testing.

This approach represents a big step forward in the field of personalised medicine and may lead to more positive outcomes for patients with resistant cancers.

The research was published in the December edition of Science.

Posted by ​Phillip Briggs 

 

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