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Author Topic: A Test, a Targeted Drug, and a Lengthened Life for Cancer Patient  (Read 2241 times)

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When Acra Samuels flew from Montana, to be examined at Dana-Farber in 2016, her colon and liver were dotted with recurring tumors that seemed unstoppable. One doctor had forecast she had no more than six months to live.

At Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, surgeon Monica Bertagnolli, MD, removed a portion of the 46-year-old woman’s cancerous colon.

While Samuels recovered in the hospital, George Demetri, MD, director of Dana-Farber’s Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, asked Michael Nathenson, MD, to order a DNA sequencing test of her tumor, which appeared to be a sarcoma—a cancer of soft or connective tissue—but whose exact type wasn’t immediately clear.



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