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GENES AND BREAST CANCER RESPONSE

CAN GENETIC TESTING PREDICT THE BEST COURSE OF BREAST CANCER TREATMENT? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Genetic analysis used in women given chemotherapy before they had surgery or radiation for breast cancer was able to distinguish who was most likely to have the best response, a new study finds. William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says this is one more way genetic analysis is helpful.

NELSON: What these researchers did is they looked at women with breast cancer who received chemotherapy before undergoing an operation or radiation therapy and in this setting they were able to look at how well the cancer responded, and then they applied one of these new genomic kind of tools, and what they saw were different patterns of expression associated with a better response or not an effective response to the chemotherapy.       :26

Nelson says such additional analyses may personalize breast cancer treatment even further than it already is. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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