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Friday, July 08, 2011

Caveats for gene-based cancer research

I posted earlier this year about a success story from San Antonio where they used genetic testing on one ACC warrior's tumor to customize treatment protocols, and evidently experienced reduction in tumor size: Genetic tissue testing leads to 'personalized' cancer treatment.

The New York Times has a July 7th story about genetic cancer testing programs today - and how they have not held up to scientific standards: How a Bright Hope in Cancer Fell Apart.
A chilling quote from the story: "... as patients and their doctors try to make critical decisions about serious illnesses, they may be getting worthless information that is based on bad science."

If you or anyone you know is exploring this type of personalized treatments, please continue to ask questions about the science behind the tests they use. As special as we are, we deserve the best science.

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