A*STAR IME Heralds Personalised Therapy For Cancer Patients With Faster And Cheaper Test

Researchers from A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) Bioelectronics programme are developing a cost-effective and a more rapid way to help physicians assess the effectiveness of treatments to cancer patients. IME’s research will allow more frequent tracking of a patient’s response to the prescribed treatment, enabling the physician to better tailor dosages for radiation and/or chemotherapy - treatments that can be plagued with discomfort and serious side effects. The new device measures the level of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in whole blood and it is expected to speed up the sample-to-answer process by more than 50%.