Scientists bring personalized medicine for breast cancer one step closer

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Recent advances by scientists are being patients with breast cancer one step closer to personalized medicine. USC stem cell researcher Min Yu and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School isolated breast cancer cells in the bloodstreams of six patients, some of which were the seeds of metastasis. Yu and her team were able to expand the small number of cells in laboratory petri dishes over a period of more than 6 months. The expanded cells allowed the researchers to identify mutations and evaluate drug susceptibility. If perfected, the method can allow oncologists to use cancer cells isolated from patients' blood samples to monitor disease progression, pretest drug effectiveness, and develop individualized treatment plans.

Scientists bring personalized medicine for breast cancer one step closer
Scientists bring personalized medicine for breast cancer one step closer
For breast cancer patients, the era of personalized medicine may be just around the corner, thanks to recent advances by USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In a July 11 study in Science, Yu and her colleagues report how they isolated breast cancer cells circulating through the blood streams of six patients.
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