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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 12/29/2009

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Introduction

While attention must be paid to the changes discovered within the genomic profile of a cancerous growth, equal attention must be paid to the intrinsic genetic background of each patient. Cancer does not develop in a vacuum, but within a patient, and each patient's distinctive genetic background results from both intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

Graphic shows chromosomes spread across a silhouette of a person to represent a patient's genetic background.