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Cancer procedure tested in Singapore may lead to more precise treatments

Tumour grafting now being tested in Singapore has been successful elsewhere

Published on Feb 21, 2014 8:19 AM

A cancer procedure that could lead to patients being prescribed more accurate drug treatments with fewer side effects is being tested in Singapore.

Tumour grafting involves extracting a patient's live tumour and growing it in mice lacking an immune system. The live tumour samples in the mice are then tested against drugs or drug combinations.

Based on the results, medical professionals here may soon be able to customise cancer treatments for patients.

The top three tumour type engraftments being carried out here are for gastrointestinal, breast and sarcoma (flesh) cancers.

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