LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Oncologists have long been looking for a way to identify the specific personalities of breast cancer so that patients will not have to go through more treatment than they really need. Researcher, Dr. Philip Bernard, says, "We found subsets of patients with tumors that are so benign that they just have to have the tumor surgically removed and they'll do fine even without any additional treatment."
After 10-years of research and the collaboration of several research centers, a new test can weed out those patients with breast cancer who do not need chemo and radiation. Pathologists extract nucleic acid from the cells to identify 50 specific genetic characteristics of the cancer. It is a much more complete portrait of the cancer and where it's going, if it is going anywhere. Dr. Bernard says, "Our test showed that we could predict with 97% accuracy those patients that will not respond to standard chemotherapy".
The test is expected to be available later this summer.