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Mutated Gene May Help Lung Cancer Therapy

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Mutated Gene May Help Lung Cancer Therapy

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Mutated Gene May Help Lung Cancer Therapy

Mutated Gene May Help Lung Cancer Therapy

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Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and the journal Science find that some lung cancer patients have a mutation on their cancer cells that makes them susceptible to a drug called Iressa. The drug sometimes makes even large tumors disappear. Researchers say the finding may help them identify patients who will benefit from Iressa - and others who will not. NPR's Richard Knox reports.