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MYJ | Monitoring breakthroughs in cancer research

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As a cancer survivor for nearly four years, I am always interested in reports of this type: "Much research involving whole-genome sequencing is aimed at finding differences in the individual letters that make up the genetic code. The belief is that those small alterations will point to molecular pathways that regulate disease, which would be potential targets for drug therapies."
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clipped from online.wsj.com New Test Genetically Fingerprints Tumors
In a fresh advance for the burgeoning field of personalized medicine, researchers have developed a blood test based on the DNA of tumors that could help tailor treatment for individual cancer patients. The report, announced Thursday, represents one of the most tangible examples yet of how the ability to sequence a person's entire genetic code could have a direct impact on patient care. There have been a flurry of reports on new sequencing technolo…

SET | A simple test to save your life

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As a surviving cancer patient, you can imagine my advocacy for cancer preventive cancer screenings. Maintaining your health includes monitoring of warning signs. Have you had your colon screening?

“By overselling and overpromising colonoscopies, we’ve put up barriers for people’’ to get any type of screening, said Dr. T.R. Levin, Kaiser Permanente’s colorectal cancer screening chief in northern California.

Everyone is supposed to get screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50, but US data show just 55 percent do. That’s better than a decade ago when screening rates hovered below 30 percent, and new cases and deaths have dropped as a result.
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