Cytostatics are drugs used to treat cancer. They can also be used for the treatment of other diseases, such as psoriasis and rheuma-tism. The response to medication varies from one person to an-other, however. This means that in some cases it is difficult for doctors to tailor the type of medication – and the dosage – to the individual patient.
Cytostatics and DNA analysis
Various enzymes in the body are involved in both the breakdown and activation of drugs.
Your response to peripherally acting cytostatics such as cyclofosfamide, 5-fluorouracil, capecitabine, tegafur and irinotecan is also
determined in part by the activity of your enzymes. This means that the effectiveness and side
effects of these cytostatics can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes.
DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.
Want to optimise your own use of medication?
An iGene Passport will give you an insight into your own DNA profile within 6 weeks. Amongst other things, you will receive practical information on your sensitivity to certain drugs. By sharing this information with your doctor, you increase the likelihood that he or she will select the right drugs and dosage for you more quickly.
PLEASE NOTE: you should NEVER stop or change your medication yourself; always consult a doctor. Your iGene Passport is only intended to inform you about scientific knowledge of drugs in relation to your DNA profile. It is not a medical tool.
iGene: live a happier life thanks to the latest scientific insights
If you make use of the iGene message service, you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights.
This means that if important discoveries are made in the future relating to enzyme activity and muscle relaxants, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.