New test can determine effectiveness of cancer treatment within 16 hours

February 26, 2015 5:00 PM

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New test can determine effectiveness of cancer treatment within 16 hours

Researchers at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston have developed a new technique that can predict which specific drug will be most effective in treating various types of cancer tumors.

The technique is called Dynamic BH3 Profiling, or DBP, and in most cases provided results within 16 hours of testing. It was designed to detect the earliest signs that a cancer cell treated with a drug is beginning to “self-destruct” through apoptosis, a natural quality-control process that rids the...

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