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Molecular test help identify cancers of unknown origin

from Medscape News

A molecular profiling assay developed to aid in tumor diagnosis is "highly accurate," according to a report of 45 cancer cases published in Clinica Chimica Acta. The identity of most tumors can be determined "with confidence" by clinicians with histologic, clinical and radiographic findings, say the study authors at the University of California, San Francisco. According to the study, immunohistochemical stains may or may not be helpful in identifying the tumor origin. Molecular testing of tumors is an additional means of characterizing these tumors, the authors say. more

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