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Researchers Intensify Efforts to Solve Mysteries of Exceptional Responders

Researchers Intensify Efforts to Solve Mysteries of Exceptional Responders | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Exceptional responders — those patients with cancer who demonstrate sustained benefit from a therapy on which almost all others fail — have been observed in clinical trials for decades.


“ 'This is the basis of the urban legend story that everyone has heard — someone was given 2 months to live, but was given a drug and had a miraculous recovery,' William C. Hahn, MD, PhD, chief of the division of molecular cellular oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, told HemOnc Today.


"Because of recent strides in genomic sequencing, however, the phenomenon has evolved from a series of unexplained individual success stories into a collection of tremendously valuable case studies."

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HemOnc Today  |  Jan 25, 2014

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HemOnc Today  |  Jan 25, 2014

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HemOnc Today  |  Jan 25, 2014

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National Poll Shows Public Divided on Genetic Testing to Predict Cancer Risk

National Poll Shows Public Divided on Genetic Testing to Predict Cancer Risk | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A national poll from the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute shows 34% of respondents would not seek genetic testing to predict their likelihood of developing a hereditary cancer—even if the cost of the testing was not an issue.


"Concerns about employment and insurability were cited as the primary reason, even though current laws prohibit such discrimination.

The poll also shows only 35% percent of respondents would be extremely or very likely to seek aggressive prophylactic or preventive treatment, such as a mastectomy, if they had a family history of cancer and genetic testing indicated a genetic predisposition to cancer."

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Medical Xpress  |  Feb 5, 2014

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Medical Xpress  |  Feb 5, 2014