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Wash U-led study finds existing drugs may help more with breast cancer

  • Posted: December 10, 2012

More patients can benefit from highly effective breast cancer drugs that are already available, according to DNA sequencing studies by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (home to the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center) and other institutions. The investigators found that some women with the HER2 negative subtype may benefit from anti-HER2 drugs even though standard tests don’t indicate they are candidates for the drugs. The other centers participating in the study are the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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