Breast cancer patients share DNA data

“Breast cancer patients share DNA data,” The Boston Globe, Oct. 28, 2015.

Accessing an untapped data source — the DNA of metastatic patients.

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project — a collaboration of the Broad, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School, launched this month, asks individuals who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to contribute their stored tumor tissue, medical records, and saliva samples to a national database.

The goals are (1) to compare the healthy genetic sequence from saliva to the cancerous genetic sequence from the tumor to understand the changes that drive cancer and (2) to help tailor drugs to improve treatment. One of the first studies will look at the “exceptional responders” who see dramatic results from treatments to determine how their genes affected the outcomes.

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