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New Research Finds Genetic Variables Impact Chemotherapy Response, According to Surviving Mesothelioma
Date:7/11/2014

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

Cancer researchers in Slovenia say genetic variations called polymorphisms appear to have a significant impact on how patients respond to treatment with pemetrexed (Alimta), the most popular chemotherapy drug for mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has the full story. Click here to read the new post now.

Researchers at the University of Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Institute of Oncology tested mesothelioma patients on pemetrexed for different types of polymorphisms. They found that patients with genetic variations in the folate pathway or on certain transporter genes responded differently to pemetrexed than patients without these variations.

According to lead researcher Katja Goricar, a pharmacogeneticist with the Institute of Biochemistry at the University of Ljubljana, “These polymorphisms could serve as potential markers of pemetrexed treatment outcome in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

The study in Radiology and Oncology linked polymorphisms to longer or shorter survival, as well as liver and gastrointestinal toxicities.

“Without biomarkers for guidance, chemotherapy can be very ‘hit or miss’
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