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Gene May Predict if Further Cancer Treatments are Needed

Gene May Predict if Further Cancer Treatments are Needed | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A new predictive tool that could help patients with breast cancer and certain lung cancers decide whether follow-up treatments are likely to help is being developed by researchers. The findings offer insight into helping patients assess treatment risk. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy that can destroy tumors also can damage surrounding healthy tissue. So with an appropriate test, patients could avoid getting additional radiation or chemotherapy treatment they may not need."


Editor's note: This study was performed in mice, so it will be several years before patients can benefit from it. However, doctors are already using molecular testing to guide treatment decisions, often for patients with advanced lung cancer. For early-stage patients, the Pervenio test can help determine whether lung cancer is likely to return after surgery, which can let doctors know to consider preventive ("adjuvant") treatments.

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ScienceDaily  |  Mar 28, 2014

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Preop PET Cuts Lung Cancer Surgery

Preop PET Cuts Lung Cancer Surgery | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Routine preoperative PET imaging led to a significant reduction in unnecessary surgery for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a review of almost 1,000 cases showed.


"Overall, the rate of unnecessary operations, defined as discovery of metastatic disease during surgery, decreased by 13%, which did not achieve statistical significance, according to Steven Zeliadt, PhD, of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle, and co-authors. After adjustment for confounding factors, however, unnecessary operations occurred almost 50% less often with preoperative PET imaging."

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MedPage Today  |  Mar 7, 2014

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