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Genetic test changes game in cancer prognosis

from The New York Times

A new test identifies one of two gene patterns in eye melanomas. Almost everyone in Class 1 — roughly half of patients — is cured when the tumor is removed. As for those in Class 2, 80 to 90 percent will die within five years. No test has ever been so accurate in predicting cancer outcomes, researchers said. While for now the ocular melanoma test is in a class by itself, cancer researchers say it is a taste of what may be coming as they continue to investigate the genes of cancer cells. more

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