Posted by: Tony Carson | 25 September, 2007

Breast cancer genes to anticipate effectiveness of chemotherapy

Some breast cancer patients respond well to chemotherapy others do not. Trouble is, just who would benefit wasn’t known so many suffered through chemotherapy needlessly, it was never going to work for them.

Those days may soon be over.

“For the first time we have found two genes that identify which breast cancer cells respond to chemotherapy and which do not respond,” said Aberdeen University’s Dr Andy Schofield, one of the researchers.

“We hope that in the future this will mean that before we treat patients with breast cancer with docetaxel, we can predict whether the drug will work or not, using a very simple test.”

It is hoped the findings will help develop more tailored treatments.

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