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New blood test offers potential for faster, targeted treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer

New blood test offers potential for faster, targeted treatment of non-small-cell lung cancerIdentification of a specific genetic mutation in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) helps clinicians select the best treatment option. Potential NSCLC patients usually undergo invasive tissue biopsy, which may often be unnecessary and delays treatment. A new report describes a new blood test that can accurately and quickly identify genetic mutations associated with NSCLC, allowing clinicians to make earlier, individualized treatment choices — a step forward in personalized cancer treatment.Identification of a specific genetic mutation in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) helps clinicians select the best treatment option. Potential NSCLC patients usually undergo invasive tissue biopsy, which may often be unnecessary and delays treatment. A new report describes a new blood test that can accurately and quickly identify genetic mutations associated with NSCLC, allowing clinicians to make earlier, individualized treatment choices — a step forward in personalized cancer treatment.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170419091629.htm

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