New “Tumor-in-a-Dish” Technique May Improve Chemo

A new method of testing a tumor’s response to anticancer drugs
has been developed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University in an effort
to improve breast cancer chemotherapy.
This method involves taking a small portion of cancerous tissue that is
removed from the patient during a biopsy, cutting them into chunks, targeting
them with a hit of anti-cancer drug, and then seeing how it responds through
fluorescence imaging. This brings a lot
of hope and potential for assisting doctors in providing the most effective and
least toxic form of chemotherapy before treatment begins for the patient. 
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