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Gene Mutation Improves Response to Lung Cancer Drug
Date:8/19/2009

ositive for EGFR mutations will do much better in progression-free survival than if you put the patient on chemo," Santos said.

"For the first time in a selected population, you have a drug which can compete with systemic chemotherapy," he said. "There is a pill that matches systemic chemotherapy."

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on non-small-cell lung cancer.



SOURCES: George Simon, M.D., director, thoracic oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia; Edgardo Santos, M.D., assistant professor, medicine, section of hematology and oncology, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami; Aug. 20, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine


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