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  • Posted: 08/14/2012
NCI Cancer Center News

Duke Cancer Institute study finds blood test could guide treatment for kidney cancer

A common enzyme that is easily detected in blood may predict how well patients with advanced kidney cancer will respond to a specific treatment, according to doctors at Duke Cancer Institute. The finding, published online Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, could lead to the first blood test to determine the best treatment for late-stage kidney cancer.

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