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The surgeon who did my biopsy said they will look for "mutation" and my treatment will depend on the result. What does this mean?
Linda Miller, RN, BSN, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Penn Medicine responds:
Your physician is referring to the different molecular markers that your specific tumor may contain. Determining those "mutations" allow your physician to develop a more individualized treatment plan based on your specific tumor. This allows for the use of possible "targeted therapies".
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