Category Archives: Genetic Screening & Testing

Women who carry genetic mutations in the “breast cancer genes,” called BRCA1 and BRCA2, have about a 70 percent chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA, as reported in … Continue reading

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How do we treat advanced cancers that have resisted every standard treatment? This report in the New York Times discusses an answer that already carries promise. In a trial of 86 cancer patients, with tumors of the pancreas, prostate, uterus … Continue reading

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One month ago we discussed how the CRISPR genome-editing tool offers promise in cancer immunotherapy. The revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 is often described as “molecular scissors” for its ability to turn previously improbable feats of genetic engineering into exercises in … Continue reading

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The US Food & Drug Administration approved the first ever cancer drug that treats specific genetic traits of the disease, rather than the part of the body in which the cancerous tumor is located, as reported by the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Earlier today we posted a column discussing the first use of the gene editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 in a patient with late-stage throat cancer, in hopes of eradicating the disease. This report from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, … Continue reading

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On Friday, a team of Chinese scientists used the cutting-edge gene editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 on humans for the second time in history, injecting a cancer patient with modified human genes in hopes of vanquishing the disease, in this report from … Continue reading

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Considering the sheer mass of information online regarding breast cancer, most women have heard myths associated with the disease. Separating the true from the false equips women with the facts necessary to reduce risk and to plan treatment if diagnosed, … Continue reading

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Although breast cancer in men is rare, it can be a devastating diagnosis because it’s often caught later than in women, as reported by U.S. News. Whereas women typically begin routine screening for the disease once they hit 40, 45, … Continue reading

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