Advance in personalised, targeted treatment of tumours

Advanced research carried out by The Institute of Cancer Research in conjunction with the Royal Marsden Hospital heralds new hope for patients undergoing treatment.

Biopsies from Marsden patients were grown in the lab and various treatments were studied with regard to effectiveness and side effects. This enabled the Marsden to implement a course of treatment aimed at exactly the same cancer in the patient’s body avoiding the hit-and-miss, try-it-and-see approach often associated with treatment of advanced cancers. Between 88% and 100% of the time, the treatment tested on the lab tumour was effective on the donor patient tumours.

The research centered on bowel and intestinal cancers but researchers are confident that the same approach could be effective for other cancers, incuding the biggest killer, lung cancer.

Read more on The Institute of Cancer Research website, the BBC website and in the Science journal.