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Tumor Testing: Finding the Right Key for Your Lock

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Tumor Testing: Finding the Right Key for Your Lock

In the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, there is an article by Katherine Hobson titled “Take That, Lung Cancer!” Hobson discusses the latest breakthroughs in screening and treatment for lung cancer, including targeted therapies that match a drug to a tumor’s cancer-causing mutation “in the same way you find the right key for…

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Precision Medicine Sheds New Light on Lung Cancer Treatment

We once thought lung cancer, like many cancers, was one disease. We now know that if you examine the cells from a given lung tumor, many different mutations may be present. Therefore, the ‘molecular fingerprint’ of tumors differ and require different treatments. Within lung cancer, the two main subtypes include: small cell lung cancer, and…

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Discussion: Precision Medicine Initiative

In the words of the National Institute of Health, precision medicine is an approach to disease treatment and prevention that accounts for individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle. In simpler terms, precision medicine means using a tailored treatment approach for each person based on their actual disease, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. The aim of President…

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What is ‘Precision Medicine’, Anyway?

In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama discussed his ‘Precision Medicine Initiative’, for which $215 million is being proposed for the 2016 Budget. In an era in which we’ve mostly heard about cutbacks in NIH funding, this is a big deal. For many people this was the first time they’d ever heard…

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Put Yourself at the Top of Your Gift List this Year

Running around frantically buying gifts for your loved ones this holiday season? Take a moment to decide what you will give yourself.  How about better health? You’re worth it and, frankly, this is also the most important gift you can give to those who love you. There has been much debate about how much of…

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