chemosensitivity assay

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(KEE-moe-sen-sit-IV-it-ee AH-say)

A test to see how well a certain chemotherapy drug kills cancer cells. This is done before the drug is tested in people. Cancer cells and the drug are put in the same lab dish. Then the lab worker counts how many cancer cells are killed by the drug. If many cancer cells are killed, then the drug might work well in a person.

Read more about chemotherapy.


Audio contributed by: Marisa Weiss, M.D.

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