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Role of laboratory chemosensitivity testing in the selection of cancer chemotherapy for individual patients.
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    Reimbursement for Assay Tests

    Dear Editor,

    The traditional criteria ever used to evaluate laboratory tests has been the predictive 'accuracy' of the test.

    None of the available laboratory tests used in the selection of treatments for cancer patients have ever been tested for 'efficacy'. This includes estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, Her2/neu, immunohistochemical staining for tumor classification, bacterial culture and sensi...

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    Chemosensitivity testing

    Dear Editor

    When a patient has an infection, doctors often send a sample of infected blood or tissue to a lab where they can grow the bacteria and see which antibiotics are most effective (called Bacterial Culture and Sensitivity Testing). Chemosensitivity testing is an attempt to do something similar for cancer; fresh samples of the patient's tumor from surgery or a biopsy are grown in test tubes and tested wit...

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