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Dr. Jack West is a medical oncologist and thoracic oncology specialist, and Executive Director of Employer Services at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, CA.

Should repeat biopsies be the standard of care after progression of a lung cancer?
Sat, 12/15/2012 - 10:38
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Howard (Jack) West, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Medical Oncology, Executive Director, Employer Services, Founder, President and CEO of GRACE

One of the current controversies in the field of lung cancer is whether we should be doing biopsies routinely when a patient develops progression of their disease, particularly in the setting of acquired resistance to a molecularly targeted therapy.  There are some academic oncologists who favor this approach, but I think there's a very good reason why this isn't and shouldn't be the current standard of care.

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Agree or disagree? I'm interested in hearing opinions from those with the perspective of the patient or caregiver, as well as other physicians who might be involved in these decisions.

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