New test personalizes cancer treatment

Hair loss, fatigue and vomiting are some of the side effects cancer patients may be able to avoid in future thanks to a new personalized testing procedure announced Monday.

The new research project, part of a $9-million personalized medicine program, will take previously existing genome information and develop a test for cancer. The test will identify specific types of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), allowing doctors to recommend tailored and more effective forms of treatment for individuals — in some cases, reducing unnecessary side effects. The project will focus on leukemia before moving on to other cancer types. The test will be studied over the next year before a clinical trial is launched next July. Read more…

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