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ARUP Laboratories Applauds FDA's Decision on the Value of KRAS-Mutation Testing in Colorectal Cancer
Date:8/4/2009

of Corporate Communications Ronald L. Weiss, MD, MBA. "Our goal is to help our clients improve patient care as well as reduce unnecessary expenditures by promoting the benefits of KRAS testing."

KRAS mutation-detection assays test colorectal cancer to determine whether a particular therapeutic strategy should be used by oncologists. Most colorectal cancer is caused by somatic mutations and is not hereditary. Mutations in the oncogene KRAS are seen in over 40 percent of sporadic colorectal cancers. While several laboratories in the United States offer this test, ARUP Laboratories' KRAS assay detects all 12 mutations at codons 12 and 13; another highly publicized assay on the market detects only seven.

KRAS mutation-detection testing is just one example of how ARUP Laboratories can partner with laboratories and hospitals to improve patient care and decrease overall health care costs by helping reduce over-, under-, and misuse of laboratory tests. To learn more about how ARUP Laboratories can help your laboratory, please visit www.aruplab.com/Education/OnlinePresentations/utilization_management.jsp.

About ARUP Laboratories

ARUP Laboratories is a national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory and an enterprise of the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology. With more than 2,600 employees, ARUP offers in excess of 2,000 tests and test combinations, ranging from routine screening tests to highly esoteric molecular and genetic assays, for patients nationwide. Rather than competing with its clients for physician office business, ARUP chooses instead to support clients' existing test menus by offering highly complex and unique tests, with accompanying consultative support, to enhance their abilities to provide local and reg
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