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Winston Wong, PharmD
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New Guidelines For Cancer Doctors Aim To Make Sense Of Gene Tests

(Reuters) Aug 31, 2015 - The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued guidelines on how cancer doctors should approach the use of new genetic tests that screen for multiple cancer genes at the same time, including counseling patients about genes whose contribution to cancer is still poorly understood.

Commentary: The concern that payers have is that there is no disagreement on those genes that have already shown clinical utility....



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New Guidelines For Cancer Doctors Aim To Make Sense Of Gene Tests (Reuters)

The concern that payers have is that there is no disagreement on those genes that have already shown clinical utility....posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

Op-Ed: Cancer Cuts Are Too Deep (Baltimore Sun)

So I'm not "Waters" but welcome to my world...... I agree with my radiation colleagues but this is the same...posted by: Thomas, Marsland, MD

The FDA Is Basically Approving Everything. Here's The Data To Prove It (Forbes)

Maybe we should ask: Should the FDA change the way they look at drugs to approved them? Adopting a NICE type...posted by: Winston, Wong, PharmD

Blood Test Could Predict Breast Cancer's Return (Discovery News/AFP)

There are many emerging uses for technology that is able to detect and sequence DNA in the blood, including the...posted by: Debu Tripathy, MD

Side Effects May Lead Breast Cancer Patients To Skip Drugs (FoxNews.com/Reuters)

This is a real problem and concern. Hopefully payers will take note and start using the prognostic and predictive...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD






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