Gene mutation helps some cancer patients live longer

Dr Daniel Tan and Associate Professor Gopalakrishna Iyer embarked on the research after chatting about "weird" cases in which head and neck cancer patients stayed alive years after they should have died.
Dr Daniel Tan and Associate Professor Gopalakrishna Iyer embarked on the research after chatting about "weird" cases in which head and neck cancer patients stayed alive years after they should have died.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

NCCS study finds some head and neck cancer patients responding well to a lung cancer drug

Two doctors at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) have discovered a gene mutation in head and neck cancer patients that, for reasons as yet unknown, results in their responding well to a lung cancer drug.

At least one patient has survived a decade, instead of dying within a few months.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Gene mutation helps some cancer patients live longer'. Print Edition | Subscribe