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A Faster Way to Try Many Drugs on Many Cancers
The New York Times

Chemotherapy and radiation failed to thwart Erika Hurwitz’s rare cancer of white blood cells. So her doctors offered her another option, a drug for melanoma. The result was astonishing.

Within four weeks, a red rash covering her body, so painful she had required a narcotic patch and the painkiller OxyContin, had vanished. Her cancer was undetectable.

“It has been a miracle drug,” said Mrs. Hurwitz, 78, of Westchester County.

She is part of a new national effort to try to treat cancer based not on what organ it started in, but on what mutations drive its growth.

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