Genetic Test May Determine Effectiveness of Chemo for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

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CNN Health reports that a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that a genetic test may help determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy for breast cancer patients.

This new genetic test could lead to improved patient care with the ability to personalize a treatment plan, avoid being given unnecessary drugs, improve healthcare costs and reduce side effects.

The study was done on 310 patients who were in stages 2 or 3 of breast cancer, with tumors that had likely spread to the lymph nodes. Researchers were able to determine the effectiveness of different types of chemotherapy using a genetic test.

While it may indicate some patients won’t respond well to chemotherapy, the lead study author says it doesn’t mean chemotherapy should be avoided. It may mean that a patient will need more than just chemotherapy.

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