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Australian scientists are trying to develop a method of determining what side effects individuals will develop from various cancer treatments. The same dose of chemotherapy may have little effect on one person whereas it may be debilitating in another. Side effects from drug toxicity can include weight loss, nausea, loss if appetite and generally feeling very unwell. If the toxicity of the drug could be determined in advance, then the patient can avoid needless side effects. To develop such a test, scientists have examined the toxicity effects on mice that have been implanted with a human liver gene.
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About: Scientists try to develop methods to avoid toxic side effects of chemotherapy
Date: 19 December 2004
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