Blood metabolites - testable indicators of whether or not a cancer treatment is working accurately

Q.  Recently what has been discovered as indicator as to whether or not cancer treatment is working accurately or not?
- Published on 07 Jun 16

a. Functioning of Kidneys
b. Degradation of nerves
c. Blood metabolites
d. Hair fall

ANSWER: Blood metabolites
 
  • Researchers, for the first time, have found that the level of blood metabolites, the building blocks of fats and proteins, are "testable indicators" of whether or not a cancer treatment is working accurately, an advance that could help in tailoring treatment for patients.
  • This new way of monitoring cancer therapy could speed up the development of new targeted drugs - which exploit specific genetic weaknesses in cancer cells - and help in tailoring treatment for patients.
  • Using a sensitive technique called mass spectrometry, scientists initially analysed the metabolite levels in the blood of mice with cancers.

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