Patients always have the right to appeal an insurer's decision to turn down their request for care at a major cancer center. But the chances an appeal will be honored can vary widely by type of cancer and an individual's case. Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Results from different genetic tests on samples from the same cancer patient can disagree about the best course of treatment. Clare McLean/University of Washington School of Medicine hide caption

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The HPV vaccine has reduced the prevalence of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus by as much as 65 percent among those who are vaccinated. Matthew Busch for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Advice For Doctors Talking To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

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Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

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The mantis shrimp has "hexnocular vision" (as opposed to our binocular vision), thanks to its three "pseudopupils" in each eye. KQED hide caption

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Norma Bauerschmidt with son, Tim, and daughter-in-law, Ramie Liddle, in Friday Harbor, Wash. Bauerschmidt embarked on a year-long road trip after receiving a cancer diagnosis last year. Ramie Liddle hide caption

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Driving Miss Norma: 91-Year-Old Who Hit The Road After Cancer Diagnosis Dies

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Has The Human Life Span Hit The Ceiling?

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Eliminating disparities in cancer care requires more than just expanding Medicaid coverage, say cancer epidemiologists who found that patients with private insurance seemed to have a survival advantage. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images hide caption

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Family medical histories are used to figure out whether it is worthwhile for a woman to be tested for BRCA genetic mutations, which increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Andrew Brookes/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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