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Patients diagnosed with cancer at Mayo Clinic now have a new program that can help their care team make informed decisions about their treatment. The Mayo Clinic Biomarker Discovery Program includes a team of specialists that analyzes each patient's tumor for specific biomarkers that help guide treatment recommendations.
Biomarkers are molecular substances in the body that can be used to detect or indicate the presence of a disease or condition. For example, with cancer blood or tissue from a patient's tumor can provide valuable information to help the oncologist recommend the best treatment.
The Mayo Clinic Biomarker Discovery Program is looking at the following types of cancer:
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