Neighbourhood Lifestyle News: Scientists have successfully grown mini versions of patients’ tumours in a lab – and tested them against dozens of drugs to find the best possible treatment. In the study published in the journal Science, researchers treated the lab-grown ‘mini tumours’ with a range of drugs.
The approach found a drug that had a chance of shrinking a patient’s tumour in almost nine in 10 cases. Drugs that did not work in patients also had no effect on the mini tumours. The researchers tested 55 cancer drugs on the mini tumours, allowing them to compare the results to how each patient’s cancer responded to the treatment they were given.