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Resarchers Find Way to Improve Cancer Outcomes by Examining Patients' Genes

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By mining a vast trove of genetic data, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine are enhancing doctors' ability to treat cancer, predict patient outcomes and determine which treatments will work best for individual patients.

The researchers have identified inherited variations in our genes that affect how well a patient will do after diagnosis and during treatment. With that information in hand, doctors will be able to examine a patient's genetic makeup to provide truly personalized medicine.

"Oncologists can estimate how a patient will do based on the grade of ...