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New Data Support Use of Simple Test to Predict Endometrial Cancer Response to Chemotherapy
Date:6/1/2009

Study Presented at 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncologist Annual Meeting

ORLANDO, Fla., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- New data presented today at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncologist (ASCO) Annual Meeting support the use of a laboratory test, ChemoFX(R), to help physicians predetermine the effectiveness of chemotherapy in treating a woman's endometrial cancer. Investigators found a significant correlation between the test results from 405 patient specimens analyzed using ChemoFx and published patient response rates for each chemotherapeutic regimen, suggesting less effective therapies could be eliminated prior to patient administration. Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer among women in the United States.

"Limiting a patient's exposure to chemotherapy is important, however determining the appropriate treatment the first time for a woman with endometrial cancer can be challenging," said Dr. Warner K. Huh, MD., Lead Investigator and Associate Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, "These data suggest a more targeted approach could be achieved by testing the effect of various chemotherapeutic agents on a woman's tumor before a therapy is administered to the patient, potentially bypassing use of ineffective therapies."

Published data suggest that individual patients will only respond to a single chemotherapy agent 30 percent of the time and while combination therapy can increase a patient's response up to 60 percent, finding the combination that will achieve that response can prove difficult. The unintended consequences of ineffective treatment include, but are not limited to, patient exposure to the toxic aspects of the chemotherapy and delay in the patient receiving potentially beneficial treatments. ChemoFx is a test that quantifies an individual cancer patient's probable tumor response to various chemotherapeutic
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