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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Genetic Tests Serve Many Purposes

Genetic tests serve many purposes. They are widely used to screen newborns for a variety of disorders. Often this information enables the doctors to minimize the damage caused by the mutation.

In oncology, doctors use gene testing to diagnose cancer, to classify cancer into subtypes, or to predict a patient's responsiveness to new treatments.

Genetic Tests Serve Many Purposes