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Clinicians can Now Predict Ill-Effects of Radiotherapy More Accurately

by Bidita Debnath on  February 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Thanks to a pilot study which might help identify those at higher risk, clinicians can now predict more accurately patients who suffer from the side-effects of radiotherapy.

The study outlined the use of a new technology called FAIMS (Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry).
 Clinicians can Now Predict Ill-Effects of Radiotherapy More Accurately
Clinicians can Now Predict Ill-Effects of Radiotherapy More Accurately
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Gastrointestinal side-effects are commonplace in radiotherapy patients and occasionally severe, yet there is no existing means of predicting which patients will suffer from them, the journal Sensors reports.

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Ramesh Arasaradnam, study co-author from Warwick Medical School and gastroenterologist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, said: "By using this technology we can analyse stool samples and sniff out the chemicals that are produced by these microflora to better predict the risk of side-effects."

"In essence, we will be able to predict those who are likely to develop severe gut-related side-effects by the pattern of gut fermentation that are altered as a result of radiotherapy," he said.

"This will enable future directed therapy in these high risk groups," he said, according to a Warwick statement.

James Covington, from the Warwick School of Engineering added: "This technology offers considerable opportunities for the future. This shows just one application of being able to inform treatment by 'sniffing' patients."

"We foresee a time when such technology will become as routine a diagnostic test as checking blood pressure is today."

Source: IANS
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