Scientists develop scanning technique to check cancer drugs effectiveness
Scientists develop scanning technique to check cancer drugs effectiveness

A team of scientists have said that they have developed a new scanning technique that might allow them to determine the effectiveness of cancer drugs in a faster way.

The scientists said that they believe that the new scanning technique will allow early indication of the effectiveness of the drugs and allows doctors to provide more effective treatment. They said that the doctors using the technique will be able to quickly match the most effective treatment for each individual.

The scientists are testing the metabolic imaging techniqueat the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. They believe that the new scanning technique will lead to more effective and more personalised treatments for cancer patients. The new method will use a product called pyruvate that is injected into patients and tracked as it enters the cells around the body. The product is a non-radioactive form of carbon and is easy to detect in an MRI scan.

Doctors will be able to monitor how quickly pyruvate is broken down by cancer cells and this allows them to determine how active those cells still are. The higher activity of these cells means the drugs have been less effective. The doctors will thus be able to detect cancer quickly and effects of drug therapies can be monitored at an early stage and provide more effective treatments. They believe that this could save patients time on drugs that do not work and receive the most effective treatment

Dr Ferdia Gallagher, honorary consultant radiologist at the University of Cambridge, said "This new technique could potentially mean that doctors will find out much more quickly if a treatment is working for their patient instead of waiting to see if a tumour shrinks." The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute is involved in research on the technique.