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MSU researchers test methods for cancer treatment

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Researchers at Michigan State University's College of Nursing will explore ways to help cancer patients use chemotherapy drugs at home using $2.5 million in two federal grants.

The university says cancer patients are now able to receive chemotherapy treatment by taking pills at home. But the instructions for the new chemotherapy drugs are complex.

One researcher will lead clinical trial using an automated phone system to help patients take the pills. The calls will remind patients when to take their drugs. The calls will also refer patients to a handbook that lays out the drugs' side effects.

Another professor will use text messages to remind patients to take their chemotherapy pills. Patients would be required to reply when they do.

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