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Stage 4 lung cancer patients at NUH get access to faster cancer treatment

Published on Jun 12, 2014 6:35 PM

SINGAPORE - A new screening test at the National University Hospital (NUH) will give Stage 4 lung cancer patients access to faster, more targeted treatment.

Nearly half of all lung cancers in Singapore are caused by a genetic mutation most often found in female non-smokers.

This mutation causes cells to grow uncontrollably, and to be resistant to conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

Typically, patients with this mutation are filtered using a screening test that takes three to five days.

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