Overview of Lung Cancer Tumor Testing | American Lung Association

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Tumor Testing and the Transformation of Lung Cancer Treatment: Overview of Lung Cancer Tumor Testing

Precision medicine in lung cancer is treating a person's cancer based on the specific makeup of their tumor. The purpose of tumor testing is to look for changes in the cells that are causing the cancer to grow. Tumor testing and precision medicine can be confusing, but the American Lung Association convened a panel of experts to break it down for you and help make sense out of this exciting area in lung cancer treatment.

Moderated by our National Director of Lung Cancer Education, Carly Ornstein, MPH CHES, our panel included Justin F. Gainor, M.D, Center for Thoracic Cancers, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Mark Pool, M.D., FCAP, Attending Pathologist at Rush University Medical Center. For more information about tumor testing, visit Lung.org/tumor-testing.

Generously supported by AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Foundation Medicine, Pfizer, and Merck & Co., Inc.


    Page Last Updated: November 9, 2018

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