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News tagged ‘Genetics’ clear

  • As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 25, Dana-Farber scientists found that aspirin therapy can extend the life of colorectal cancer patients whose tumors carry a mutation in a key gene, but it has no effect on patients who lack the mutation. Dr. Shuji Ogino says this is by far the best marker we’ve found for prediction of response to aspirin.

Tags: ColonCancer, Genetics

  • Dr. Stacy Gray and Dr. Katherine Janeway studied websites offering products or services related to "personalized cancer medicine." Their research showed online marketing to consumers often failed to explain the limits of the genetic tests.

Tags: Genomics, Genetics

  • Dr. Huma Rana joins other Boston medical experts to say the latest science backs up Angelina Jolie's choice to undergo a preventive double mastectomy.

Tags: BreastCancer, Genetics, Prevention

  • Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr. and Dr. Katherine Janeway commented on the benefit of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative that will benefit research at Dana-Farber.

Tags: Genomics, Genetics

  • Dr. George Demetri comments on the call for Medicare and Medicaid to pay for advanced gene-sequencing of tumors.

Tags: PatientEducation, TargetedTherapy, Genetics

  • Researchers, including Dr. Matthew Meyerson and Dr. Bruce Johnson of Dana-Farber, found from a large study of the genetics of a common lung cancer, that more than half the tumors from that cancer have mutations that can be treated by drugs that are being developed or can be easily developed. (Full article requires a subscription)

Tags: BasicResearch, LungCancer, Genetics

  • Dr. Levi Garraway is studying cancer’s genetic features as part of a larger movement toward personalized or precision medicine, which aims to tailor disease prevention and treatment to an individual patient.

Tags: BasicResearch, Genetics

  • Dr. Kimberly Stegmaier contributed to an editorial urging Congress to fund precision medicine research.

Tags: Genetics

  • Genetic testing can help clinicians assess a patient's risk for various diseases and to develop more effective treatment plans. Dana-Farber currently offers lung cancer patients six genetic tests and soon will test for more than 500 cancer-causing gene defects. As more genetic tests become available, some insurers and medical ethicists are questioning the value of such tests.

Tags: LungCancer, Genetics

  • Dr. Judy Garber commented on the increasing number of women who undergo genetic testing and then choose double mastectomies.


Tags: Genetics

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