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Slide 6 - Genes and Cancer Treatment

Source: Caron, H. et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 1996


Often, patients suffering from tumors that by traditional criteria are indistinguishable, nevertheless can experience very different outcomes despite having received the same treament. The research results displayed in this graph demonstrate that for patients suffering from the cancer neuroblastoma, the presence or absence of a specific set of genes found on Chromosome 1 strongly correlates with patient outcome. Therefore, in the future this characteristic of the tumor can be used to identify those patients that would benefit from more aggressive treatment, and those best served by the current treatment protocol.

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