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New Study Helps Predict Which Lung Cancer Drugs are Most Likely to Work

(Johns Hopkins) Jan 10, 2012 - Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that DNA changes in a gene that drives the growth of a form of lung cancer can make the cancer's cells resistant to cancer drugs. The findings show that some classes of drugs won't work, and certain types of so-called kinase inhibitors like erlotinib may be the most effective at treating non-small cell lung cancers with those DNA changes.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: January 13, 2012)

quotesThis is interesting work. Now a question may be posed which is, what is the cost difference between screening for DNA changes, causing drug resistance, vs completing tissue sensitivity testing where it is determine if a tumor is sensitive to a specific drug? As well, would there be an outcome difference.quotes

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Major New Analysis: Fiber May Prevent Breast Cancer

(AICR blog) Jan 11, 2012 - Eating a diet high in fiber may protect women against breast cancer, according to one of the largest analyses of the literature published today online in the advance issue of Annals of Oncology.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: January 13, 2012)

quotesSounds like a very cost effective plan. Reduce the risk of breast cancer, while also lowering cholesterol to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, and for a much lower cost than medications.quotes

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Headphone Music Eases Anxiety During Prostate Biopsies

(Duke Health) Jan 9, 2012 - Tuning in to tune out may be just what's needed for men undergoing a prostate biopsy, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: January 13, 2012)

quotesThis is like diverting the focus of your kids away from the BIG ouchyquotes

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