A new era of treat­ment: How bio­mark­ers are chang­ing the way we think about can­cer


AJ Pa­tel was re­cov­er­ing from a com­pli­cat­ed brain surgery when his on­col­o­gist burst in­to the hos­pi­tal room yelling, “I’ve got some re­al­ly great news for you!”

For two years, Pa­tel had been go­ing from doc­tor to doc­tor try­ing to di­ag­nose his wheez­ing, on­ly to be dealt the dev­as­tat­ing news that he had stage IV lung can­cer and on­ly six months to live. And then they found the brain tu­mors.

“What are you talk­ing about?” Pa­tel asked. He had nev­er seen an on­col­o­gist so hap­py.

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