WASHINGTON (GenomeWeb News) – Small studies, sometimes containing a single patient, can be applied to unravel the biological mechanisms behind cancer drug response as well as identify possible drug treatments for a specific cancer type, according to researchers.

While such small studies may be dismissed by some as anecdotes, panelists at an afternoon session yesterday at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting here argued that such studies can be used to resurrect abandoned drugs and to reveal known drugs to which a tumor may be susceptible.

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