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New Clues to How Cancer Patients’ Genes Influence Treatment
by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) — Scientists are releasing the first results from a major study looking at how cancer patients’ genes influence the success of the therapies they receive.
The findings are already confirming the role of several genes that predict the response of different types of cancer to treatment, researchers say.
The initial dataset, released July 15 by the Cancer Genome Project, describe the responses of 350 cancer samples to 18 anticancer drugs. The results are published on the Genomics of Drug Sensitivity Web site, which is freely available to cancer researchers worldwide.
The goal of the drug-sensitivity study — a five-year collaboration between researchers in the United Kingdom and the United States — is to identify the best treatments for many types of cancer. Researchers plan to expose about 1,000 cancer cell lines to 400 anticancer treatments, either using single-drug treatments or combinations of drugs, to determine the most effective drugs or drug combinations. The study will include drugs already in use and some that are still under development.
“Today is our first glimpse of this complex interface, where genomes meet cancer medicine. We will, over the course of this work, add to this picture, identifying genetic changes that can inform clinical decisions, with the hope of improving treatment,” Dr. Andy Futreal, co-leader of the Cancer Genome Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom, said in an institute news release.
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