SPEED DATING-STYLE CANCER DRUG TESTING UNDERWAY IN U.S.

Jun 17, 2014

By Jane Brown

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A bold new way to test cancer drugs is underway in the United States. It’s described as a medical version of speed dating.

Doctors will sort through multiple experimental drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person’s unique tumour gene profile.

Instead of being tested for individual genes and trying to qualify for separate clinical trials testing single drugs, patients can enroll in this umbrella study, get full gene testing and have access to many options at once.

Five drug companies, the government, private foundations and advocacy groups are taking part.

(The Associated Press)

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