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In BMC Cancer this week, researchers in Japan report on a trial of customized chemotherapy for elderly non-small-cell lung cancer patients based on their EGFR mutation status. The team screened 57 chemotherapy-naïve patients, aged 70 years or older, with confirmed non-small-cell lung cancer — they gave 22 patients with EGFR mutations gefitinib and 32 patients without EGFR mutations vinorelbine or gemcitabine.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

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