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Jumping the Gun on Personalized Cancer Medicine

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Personalizing cancer treatment based on the genetic map of the individual is on the cutting edge of medicine. But some oncologists may be jumping the gun, according to a clinical trial published in Lancet Oncology. They’re prescribing these personalized—and expensive—cancer drugs for patients even when they haven’t been studied for those particular cancers. It’s called off-label use. But the results are no better than with conventional chemotherapy.

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