Some low risk cancer patients can bypass chemotherapy – study

A Stellenbosch University study has shown that 46% of cancer patients undergo extensive treatment despite not needing it.

FILE: Patients undergo chemotherapy treatment at the Oscar Lambret Center in Lille, northern France. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Research in a Stellenbosch University study has confirmed some low risk cancer patients can bypass chemotherapy.

The five-year trial of new genetic tests has shown 46% of cancer patients undergo extensive treatment despite not needing it.

More than 6,000 women participated in the breast cancer study.

The university's Professor Vikash Sewram explains: “The importance that has come out of this particular study shows the value of genetic profiling. This trial was able to show that use a 70 gene profiling known as mammography, one can decide whether or not, based on that gene profile, patients are likely to benefit from chemotherapy or not.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)