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Study: Some breast cancer patients with low genetic risk could skip chemotherapy

from University of California

Early stage breast cancer patients whose tumors carry genetic markers associated with a low risk of disease recurrence may not need to undergo chemotherapy, suggests a new study that employed a test devised by a University of California, San Francisco researcher. In the study, reported Aug. 24, in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers profiled surgically removed tumors from nearly 6,700 patients using a genetic test known as MammaPrint, which predicts the risk of cancer recurrence by measuring the expression of a suite of 70 genes. more

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