Scientists study cancer that runs in families

05/23/2006 | Wall Street Journal, The

Scientists increasingly are studying the DNA of patients in families with inherited cancers in the hopes of determining genetic variations that make certain people susceptible to a particular cancer. Many family registries focus on common cancers -- such as lung, colon and breast cancers -- but other centers are beginning to study cancers considered to be rare and difficult to treat, such as pancreatic, kidney and stomach cancers.

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