Gene Test Useful in Head, Neck Cancer Dx

February 20, 2014 9:47 PM

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Gene Test Useful in Head, Neck Cancer Dx

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A test to determine mutant-allele tumor heterogeneity (MATH) accurately distinguished patients with high- and low-risk head and neck cancers, according to a study reported here.

A high MATH score more than doubled the hazard ratio for survival among patients with various types of squamous carcinoma of the head and neck. The relationship between MATH score and outcome held up regardless of a patient's human papillomavirus (HPV) status or other prognostic factors.

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