A newly-developed mathematical model could help to predict how patients will respond to chemotherapy treatment for colorectal cancer.
to a paper published in the medical journal Cancer Research, scientists
have created a tool that incorporates patient-specific molecular data
sets and can calculate the amount of stress required for a cancer cell
to die without harming healthy tissue.
Dubbed DR_MOMP, the model
was shown to be able to accurately predict treatment responses in
patients with colon cancer, leading the researchers to state that the
tool could be used similarly in other cancers.
Dr Jochen Prehn,
director of the Centre for Systems Medicine at the Royal College of
Surgeons in Ireland, said: "We need to develop easy and accessible
protein profiling and modeling platforms that enable the implementation
of this new technology in clinical trials and in pathology
Colorectal cancer is also known as bowel cancer
and is is the third most common type of cancer in England, with the
majority of cases developing among people aged 65 and over.
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