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Ann Gregory
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (3): 155.
Published online: 5 February 2007

Creating a genetic profile of non-small-cell lung cancers may help predict prognosis and survival for individual patients, a Taiwanese study suggests.1 Researchers selected five genes as a signature of individual cancer specimens from 125 patients with this cancer, and found that this signature was an independent predictor of relapse-free and overall survival. The results of this study may lead to a refinement in the treatment of lung cancer, with only those patients having the high-risk gene signature being subjected to Cisplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy. An accompanying editorial predicts that cancer genomics will expand into prospective trials designed to explore the response to standard and novel therapies of patients selected based on their molecular signature.2

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