Gene Test Could Spare Women From Unnecessary Radiation

December 7, 2011

USA Today

A new gene test may spare thousands of women with a common type of breast tumor from unnecessary radiation, according to a study released today at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium .

The test, which analyzes 12 genes from a woman's tumor, helps predict which cases are most likely to be aggressive — requiring both surgery and radiation — and which are likely to be slow-growing, requiring surgery alone, says lead researcher Lawrence Solin, chairman of radiation oncology at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

"This is a perfect example of how understanding the human genome can be translated into real life, to help real women," Solin says. "This is a very exciting advance." Read More

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