Mass General develops noninvasive assay to monitor treatment response in patients with metastatic prostate cancer
Deciding the ideal treatment for patients with metastatic prostate cancer that stops responding to initial therapy could be guided by certain analyses of cancer cells isolated from the patients' blood, according to data published in Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, a component of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, established a way to isolate cancer cells from the blood of patients with prostate cancer and to measure readouts of androgen receptor signaling in each of the individual cancer cells in the blood.
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