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Cancer survival rate hope.

SCIENTISTS may have found a way to improve breast cancer survival rates after analysing how patients respond to treatment.

The Breakthrough Breast Cancer team at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital have developed a computer model that anticipates how patients react to the drug Herceptin.

The drug is given to patients whose cancer cells have high levels of a diseasecausing protein called HER2.

But some patients develop resistance to the drug.

Pathologist Dr Dana Faratian, writing in the journal Cancer Research, said: "The impact of this new approach could be huge. It shows we can use computer modelling to answer clinical questions and potentially refine the treatment of women with breast cancer."
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Date:Jul 29, 2009
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