Cancer can be controlled effectively by using chemotherapeutic drugs to inhibit cancer stem cells, but there is considerable inter-patient variability regarding how these cells respond to drug intervention. Here, we describe a statistical framework for mapping genes that control tumor responses to chemotherapeutic drugs as well as the efficacy of treatments in arresting tumor growth. The framework integrates the mathematical aspects of the cancer stem cell hypothesis into genetic association studies, equipped with a capacity to quantify the magnitude and pattern of genetic effects on the kinetic decline of cancer stem cells in response to therapy. By quantifying how specific genes and their interactions govern drug response, the model provides essential information to tailor personalized drugs for individual patients.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery