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Category Archives for diagnostic testing

Cancer Genetic Testing as Therapy and Decision Tool

“New cancer drugs that target genetic mutations regardless of where the tumor is growing should expand the practice of genetic testing patients for such glitches…” Almost like magic immunotherapy

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Has My Acid Reflux Become Barrett’s Esophagus or EC?!

It is my recommendation that referral for endoscopy in a patient with suspected GERD (acid reflux) should be reserved for patients with symptoms of GERD who also have alarm symptoms Hi David, I have been

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Multiple Myeloma Diagnostics- DIY Blood Work-

Blood Diagnostic Testing for the Layman- LabCorp blood work October 2014 From the time I was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM) in January of 1994, I have learned one thing above all others. Accurate

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Multiple Myeloma Diagnostics- Next-Generation Sequencing

For clinical oncology providers, understanding the potential and the limitations of DNA sequencing (next-generation sequencing) will be crucial for providing genomically driven care in this era of precision

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Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis- Epigenetics &Your Genes

Multiple myeloma (MM) genetic expression changes with chemotherapy. Can lifestyle therapies change MM genetics as well? A multiple myeloma diagnosis is serious. However, there is no genetic pre-disposition

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Multiple Myeloma Prognosis- Cytogenetic Prognostic Index

“The cytogenetic PI improves the classification of newly diagnosed patients with MM in the high-risk group compared with current classifications.” A multiple myeloma prognosis of a newly diagnosed

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Myeloma Prognosis- Cytogenetics, Molecular Subtypes Explained

Multiple Myeloma survival (and prognosis) varies depending upon a host of factors: the stage of disease, biology including cytogenetic abnormalities and response to therapy. When it comes to a diagnosis

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Multiple Myeloma Diagnostics- FISH, SPEP, CBC, FLC’s and Imaging

If you have multiple myeloma your plasma cells produce unhealthy antibodies called monoclonal proteins (M proteins). The accumulation of M proteins in your body can damage organs like your kidneys and

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Bone Imaging Can Make or Break Multiple Myeloma

Bone imaging is a critical aspect of care for patients with multiple myeloma (MM), and recent advances in imaging modalities have improved detection of lytic lesions and bone marrow involvement. “Bone

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Mammograms Identify Small Breast Cancers But do They Save Lives?

Annual mammography in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of physical examination or usual care when adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is freely available. No matter

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