If you are undergoing chemotherapy, you most likely understand that too much chemotherapy drug will result in adverse side effects. But did you know that too little could result in an ineffective chemotherapy treatment which could result in less effective treatment which could result in shorter remission.
The effects of many oncology drugs may include nausea, diarrhea, neuropathy, neutropenia, etc. Did you know that many of these side effects may be diminished or eliminated when patients received a dose adjusted to their own unique condition and circumstance?
We develop blood tests that measure the level of cancer drugs in patients' blood, so that the doctor can adapt the drug dose to increase the chances of survival, or to lower side-effects.
Doctors all over the world in many different specialties use blood tests to measure the amount of drugs in patients’ blood. If a patient has too little drug, the doctor increases the dose, and if the patient has too much drug, the doctor decreases the dose. We think that oncologists need to measure cancer drugs to improve the care of cancer patients. We know from many studies that patients can have too much cancer drug in their body leading to unnecessary side-effects, or they can have too little drug to kill the cancer.