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Genetic test identifies eye cancer tumors likely to spread
Date:5/14/2012

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Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a genetic test that can accurately predict whether the most common form of eye cancer will spread to other parts of the body, particularly the liver.

In 459 patients with ocular melanoma at 12 centers in the United States and Canada, the researchers found the test could successfully classify tumors more than 97 percent of the time.

The study will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Ophthalmology, but is now online.

"When the cancer spreads beyond the eye, it's unlikely any therapy is going to be effective," says principal investigator J. William Harbour, MD. "But it's very possible that we can develop treatments to slow the growth of metastatic tumors. The real importance of this test is that by identifying the type of tumor a patient has, we can first remove
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Contact: Jim Dryden
jdryden@wustl.edu
314-286-0110
Washington University School of Medicine
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