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Is Cancer Outwitting 'Personalized Medicine'?
Date:3/7/2012

es that occur within cancer as it develops, not only at the primary tumor but elsewhere in the body. This particular research goes to great lengths to demonstrate how that is in fact the case," Lichtenfeld said.

Cancer is incredibly complex, and this study adds another layer to that complexity, he said. "As we have learned more about cancer cells, we have learned that as many questions as we answer, as many questions come from those answers," he said.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on personalized cancer care.

SOURCES: Charles Swanton, Ph.D., professor, cancer medicine, Cancer Research UK-London Research Institute, London; Dan Longo, M.D, oncologist, and deputy editor, New England Journal of Medicine; Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; March 8, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine


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