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Multi-gene test could help spot breast cancer patients most at risk

  • Posted: December 12, 2013

A new test has the potential to help physicians identify patients with the most lethal forms of triple-negative breast cancer, a disease which requires aggressive and innovative treatment. The test, whose development was led by researchers from the University of Chicago (home of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center) and described in the Dec. 11 issue of PLOS ONE, was able to distinguish between patients with a good or poor prognosis, even within groups of patients already stratified by existing tests such as MammaPrint and Oncotype, as well as to extend its predictions to patients with more advanced or difficult-to-treat cancers.

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