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Genetic testing can help predict if chemo will work
May 10th, 2011
06:23 PM ET

Genetic testing can help predict if chemo will work

Researchers say a new genetic test for breast cancer patients may indicate whether standard chemotherapy treatments will work. Their study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests the key to treating breast cancer may lie in predicting whether a patient will respond to standard therapy based on his or her genetics or the genes in the tumor itself.

The test could lead to more personalized medicine and prevent patients from being treated with drugs that their bodies will not respond to. "With this type of research and genetic analysis available we're getting to the point where we will be able to make better treatment decisions for our patients," says Dr. Ruth O'Regan, a breast cancer specialist at Emory University not affiliated with the study.

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May 10th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Will my baby inherit bipolar disorder?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Asked by Amy of Dallas, Texas

I am five months pregnant, and it has been great. My mother-in-law has bipolar disorder and is clinically depressed. I wonder if there will be a slight chance that my baby will get that from her? My husband has been emotionally taking care his mother since he was 10 and can't seem to help.

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