May 07, 2006 - 11:01 am
CCDRT - Cell Culture Drug Resistance Testing / chemo-sensitivity tests
Cell Culture Drug Resistance Assays are for help in evaluating which chemos would be less likely to have an effect on your own personal cancer cells. For the great majority of people with bladder cancer, the issue of drug resistance testing will not become an issue since 80% of bladder tumors are superficial and intravesical chemotherapy is preferred over systemic in these cases. However, approximately half of those who present with muscle invasive disease upon diagnosis will not survive 5 years in spite of aggressive treatment. For these cases, CCDRT may prove to be a helpful tool.