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Genetic Testing For Lung Cancer Yields Results

Ray Thomas takes two pink pills a day, one in the morning and one at night. The tablets look unassuming, but are how the Liberty High School assistant football coach and former math and computer science teacher treats his lung cancer. It’s a medication called crizotinib, one of several targeted approaches based on genetic testing for specific mutations. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital is one of a handful of centers around the country using gene sequencing as a standard of care for stage-4 lung cancer patients. “I personally find this very exciting,” said Dr. David Carbone, an oncologist and director of the OSUCCC — James Thoracic Oncology Program and Dr. Greg Otterson, co-director of the OSUCCC Thoracic Oncology Program, are quoted.