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Don’t judge a book by its cover and a tumor by its tissue

“For most cancer patients and their doctors,
the most important things to know about a tumor are where it arose in the body
and how much it’s grown.
But in some cases, understanding a tumor’s genomic profile is more likely to lead
to an effective treatment, according to a study published online….
After performing a thorough analysis of 3,527 tumor specimens representing a dozen types of cancers, scientists concluded that 10% of patients could find better therapies if they had information about their tumor’s unique DNA and how it is expressed.

The genetic analysis can give doctors “clinically relevant prognostic information above and beyond tumor stage and primary tissue-of-origin,” they wrote.

“If used to guide therapeutic decisions, this reclassification would affect a significant
number of patients to be considered for nonstandard treatment regimens. …”
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