British researchers are developing a new genetic test that could significantly improve the chances of survival and also reduces the side effects of cancer chemotherapy.
A DNA extracted from a tiny blood sample in order to predict how each cancer patient responds to cancer drugs is being used in this particular new technique.
Chemotherapy works by stopping the division of cancer cells or by killing. Despite of its success in effective cancer treatment, it can cause several side effects like nausea, hair loss and stomach upset and even some patients can be left with permanent nerve and kidney damage.
Dr Barry Sharp, of the Center for Analytical Science, says that the ultimate purpose of clinical trails is to personalize chemotherapy programs for individual cancer patients.