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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 08:55 AM

Would you opt for this ocular cancer test?

A Life-Death Predictor Adds to a Cancer’s Strain<snip>
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But Ms. Caton had a new option, something that became possible only in this new genetic age. She could have a genetic test of her tumor that could reveal her prognosis with uncanny precision. The test identifies one of two gene patterns in eye melanomas. Almost everyone in Class 1 — roughly half of patients — is cured when the tumor is removed. As for those in Class 2, 70 to 80 percent will die within five years. Their cancers will re-emerge as growths in the liver. For them, there is no cure and no way to slow the disease.

No test has ever been so accurate in predicting cancer outcomes, researchers said.

The data from studies of the test are “unbelievably impressive,” said Dr. Michael Birrer, an ovarian cancer specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “I would die to have something like that in ovarian cancer.” Comment- Irony abounds.

While for now the ocular melanoma test is in a class by itself, cancer researchers say it is a taste of what may be coming as they continue to investigate the genes of cancer cells. Similar tests, not always as definitive but nonetheless able to give prognostic information, are under development or starting to be used for other cancers, like cancers of the blood.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/10/health/genetic-test-changes-game-in-cancer-prognosis.html?_r=2

Hmmmmmm........

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 08:58 AM

1. YES !

I see it as a 50-50 chance of being cured, and if the other 50% happens, time to deal with it.... do things before it's too late, and perhaps get into a study that could extend life.

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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 09:11 AM

2. I would want to know.

I would live my life differently if I knew I was going to die in the next 5 years.

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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 09:24 AM

3. Yes, would want to know. If I were in the "life is short" group, I'd want to know.

The other group would be great news.

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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 09:34 AM

4. Yes, for if I knew I was dying, I'd take all my money and travel

the whole world or as far as I could get in 5 years.

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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 09:36 AM

5. Probably not.

The test itself is impressive, but it doesn't change the outcome. As long as I have time to wind things up at the end, if necessary, I'd probably let it ride. You'll find out soon enough if it's moved to your liver, trust me.

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