A methodological approach to the prediction of anticancer drug effect in humans

Academic Article


  • Tumor cells from animals and humans were treated with drugs under tissue culture conditions. Tumor cells from the sensitive L1210 model were studied first. A dose-response curve was derived between drug exposure and subsequent cytotoxicity in L1210. The concentration of drug and duration of exposure were factors critical to the subsequent development of in vitro cytotoxicity. The in vitro dosage which effected 50% leukemic cell death in L1210 cells correlated with reported in vivo drug levels. Other tumor models and human neoplastic cells were studied at this dosage level. A good correlation was noted in these studies between the in vivo responsiveness and the in vitro chemotherapy results in both animals and humans. It was suggested by these results that it may be possible to predict cancericidal drug activity for individual neoplasms by assaying the tumor cells in vitro for drug sensitivity. © 1979, American Association for Cancer Research. All rights reserved.
  • Published In

  • Cancer Research  Journal
  • Author List

  • Durkin WJ; Ghanta VK; Davis DW; Hiramoto RN; Balch CM
  • Start Page

  • 402
  • End Page

  • 407
  • Volume

  • 39