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Proteins may help identify patients who will respond better to treatments in certain cancers

isease and more importantly predict how aggressively it will behave," said Richard Caprioli, Ph.D., Stanley Cohen Professor of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt. "This is the necessary step before we can get to truly predictive medicine, where we would analyze an individual's tumor, scientifically predict how it will behave and use that information to tailor treatment decisions."

Each year, about 25,000 new gliomas are diagnosed, about half of which are particularly vicious, with a median survival of one year with aggressive therapy. Currently, diagnostic techniques do not distinguish between more aggressive and less aggressive tumors, which appear identical under the microscope.


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Contact: Warren Froelich
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215-440-9300
American Association for Cancer Research
19-Nov-2003


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