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Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

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Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment.The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working.Cancer Research UK said the test could "greatly improve survival".But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said.Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib.This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone.Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS ...