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New tool promises faster, cheaper diagnosis for treating lung cancer

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Date : 29 May 2007 0011 hrs (SST)

URL : http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 12/1/.html

SINGAPORE : There will soon be a new tool which can diagnose effective drugs to treat lung cancer patients in a faster and cheaper way.

This is made possible by a collaboration involving the National University of Singapore, the National University Hospital and RIKEN Institute, Japan's oldest and most established research facility.

In a statement, the parties involved said currently, diagnosis of a patient's suitability for treatment is done after a cancer tumour is surgically removed.

This is then followed by a pathology examination.

The process takes about three weeks.

Researchers hope that this could be reduced to just five hours, using the new diagnostic test

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