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News tagged ‘Genetics’ clear

  • Lung cancer among younger, healthier, and non-smoking individuals "seems to be emerging as its own subtype of lung cancer — one for which new, powerful treatments are needed to make it a livable disease" said Dr. Geoffrey Oxnard, a lung cancer specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Tags: LungCancer, Genetics

  • Dana-Farber was mentioned in a story about how bureaucracy and outdated rules often block potential breakthroughs, but precision medicine is providing hope.

Tags: BasicResearch, Genomics, Genetics

  • In a new study, Dr. Judy Garber credits actress Angelina Jolie’s battle with breast cancer for increasing public awareness of breast cancer surgery options.


Tags: Genetics, CopingWithCancer

  • Dr. Pasi A. Jänne discusses a new study that demonstrates that chemotherapy and a new, targeted therapy work better in combination than chemotherapy alone in treating patients with the most common genetic subtype of lung cancer.

Tags: LungCancer, TargetedTherapy, Genetics

  • Dana-Farber was mentioned as one of the cancer centers taking samples of patient’s tumors to analyze with new molecular diagnostic tests and identify a mutation with the hope of matching it with an effective drug.

Tags: Genomics, Genetics

  • Dr. Judy Garber led a study that sought to determine which breast cancer patient populations should be screened for abnormalities and how best to integrate that information into treatment protocols.

Tags: BreastCancer, Genetics

  • MolecularMD has obtained patent rights to technology—jointly owned by researchers at Dana-Farber and the Broad Institute. MolecularMD said it is developing diagnostic assays for use in clinical trials exploring the efficacy of targeted therapies.

Tags: BasicResearch, TargetedTherapy, Genetics

  • Dr. Ursula Matulonis commented on a study that found women with BRCA-1 mutations can reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer if they get their ovaries removed by age 35.

Tags: BreastCancer, OvarianCancer, Genetics

  • Several studies published in Nature have identified 74 new genetic risk factors associated with three major cancers: breast, ovarian, and prostate. Dr. Philip Kantoff said it is unclear what this means for patients clinically, but the hope is that it will lead to more sophisticated screening and treatment strategies.

Tags: BasicResearch, BreastCancer, OvarianCancer, ProstateCancer, Genetics, GynecologicCancers

  • Dr. Mehra Golshan said Angelina Jolie's decision to get a double mastectomy might help save lives by raising awareness about the need for genetic testing.

Tags: BreastCancer, Genetics

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