health

Cancer patients to be offered blood test to discover wheteher chemotherapy will cause toxic side-effects


CANCER patients will be offered a blood test which aims to tailor treatments to avoid toxic side-effects.

The approach detects if they are genetically prone to suffering the worst effects of chemotherapy drugs.

Cancer patients can get a blood test to see if they will suffer toxic side-effects from chemotherapy drugs

1

Cancer patients can get a blood test to see if they will suffer toxic side-effects from chemotherapy drugs

It will work for fluoropyrimidines, which around 38,000 patients are put on each year. Four in ten have severe reactions — and one in 100 die.

The test will tell patients if they are likely to have side-effects – which could include vomiting, diarrhoea, breathlessness and severe skin reactions.

Those who discover they are likely to suffer toxic effects will be able to opt for a different method of tackling tumours.

The test, previously only available at a few hospitals, is being rolled out across the country by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Breast Cancer Now called it a “welcome step” towards ensuring the “kindest” modes of treatment are used.

Rita Ora’s mum Vera discusses breast cancer diagnosis on Loose Women

GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk





READ SOURCE

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.  Learn more