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Study: Gene Test Can Determine if Cancer Drug Will Work

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Study: Gene Test Can Determine if Cancer Drug Will Work

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Study: Gene Test Can Determine if Cancer Drug Will Work

Study: Gene Test Can Determine if Cancer Drug Will Work

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New research shows that certain lung cancer patients should get a genetic test before treatment. The new cancer drug Iressa is almost 100 percent effective in people who have a particular genetic makeup — and not effective at all in those who don't. NPR's Richard Knox reports.