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Simple DNA Test to Get Cancer Treatment Spot On

Times of India
London, England
29 March 2010

Scientists have developed a new genetic test for cancer, a major breakthrough which may allow doctors to identify hidden tumours and pave the way for more effective treatment.

A team at Imperial College London has come up with the revolutionary DNA test which will not only help patients avoid unnecessary treatment and invasive tests, but also ensure they get the right drug treatment earlier. The test, which gives results within days, is based on the fact that different cancers have different DNA ‘fingerprints’.

Patients’ tissue samples will be analysed to identify the specific types of cancer they have. The results will then be used to identify the right treatment drugs without invasive and time–consuming tests like colonoscopies and other forms of endoscopies.

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