Revolutionary new test could reveal if chemotherapy is working just 8 HOURS after treatment
- Patients must usually have multiple cycles of chemotherapy before scans can detect whether a tumour is shrinking
- But new technique can reveal the moment a drug begins to work
- Particle delivers the drug and then glows green when cancer cell dies
- Patients not responding to the drug could be spared needless treatment
Cancer patients could one day know whether their chemotherapy has worked within just eight hours of receiving it.
Scientists are currently refining a technique which rapidly assesses just how effective the treatment is.
Current methods of testing, such as scans, cannot usually detect whether a tumour is shrinking until a patient has received multiple cycles of therapy.
But experts from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, have developed an approach which can alert them to the death of cancer cells the moment the drugs begin to work.
Using a particle that delivers cancer therapy – and then glows green when cancer cells die – researchers were able to see whether a tumour was resistant or susceptible to chemotherapy or immunotherapy.