A way of identifying breast cancer patients likely to suffer life-threatening side effects from chemotherapy has been detailed by scientists. Their research, reported in the Daily Mail, could eventually lead to safer treatments adapted to individual patients. The study of almost 1,100 breast cancer patients found 17 percent needed hospital care for potentially fatal infections after treatment with three widely used chemotherapy drugs. But it also found 15 percent of women in the study had a gene variant linked to the worst side effects. The findings were expected to be released at the 8th European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna Friday. Lead researcher Christof Vulsteke, of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, hailed the study as an important step towards a safer, more personalised drug regime for patients, according to the Mail.Source: IANS << Husband Who Will Not Have Sex Sought by Chinese Woman Strife of US Dating Agencies With Sex, Financial Predators >> Recommended Reading Genetic Counseling Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general info about Genetic counseling READ MORE Genetic Testing of Diseases Genetic testing helps to confirm a genetic condition in an individual and involves q complex laboratory techniques READ MORE Epigenetics In the recent years 'epigenetics' represents inheritable changes in gene expression that do not include DNA alterations. READ MORE Chemotherapy ‘Chemo’ means medicine or ‘drug’; ‘therapy’ means ‘treatment’. Chemotherapy refers to the use of cytotoxic drugs in cancer treatment. READ MORE Chemotherapy Drugs Chemotherapy drugs perform like ‘magic bullets’ to destroy cancer cells in the body. READ MORE Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is one of the most common types of adult leukemia and is considered as one of the ‘good cancers’. READ MORE DNA Finger Printing DNA fingerprinting is a technique which helps forensic scientists and legal experts solve crimes, identity thefts, legal suits and terrorism cases. READ MORE Hodgkins Lymphoma Hodgkins lymphoma or Hodgkins disease has the distinction of being the first cancer to be cured by chemotherapy or by radiotherapy. READ MORE Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Non Hodgkins Lymphoma is a cancer that affects the lymph tissues. It is made up of a wide array of subtypes. READ MORE Paternity Testing - Whose Baby Is It Anyway? Paternity testing involves DNA studies that are carried out under certain circumstances to establish the paternity of a child. READ MORE Peritoneal Cancer Peritoneal cancer is a rare cancer that develops in the peritoneum. Peritoneal cancers may be primary or secondary and symptoms of peritoneal cancer are vague. READ MORE Rhabdomyosarcoma Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare type of cancer affecting the striated muscles. It mostly occurs in children. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Doctor Find a Hospital Color Blindness Calculator More News on: DNA Finger PrintingGenetics and Stem CellsChronic Lymphocytic LeukemiaHodgkins LymphomaNon-Hodgkins LymphomaChemotherapyChemotherapy DrugsPeritoneal CancerRhabdomyosarcomaPaternity Testing - Whose Baby Is It Anyway?