ICYMI: September 2, 2016

September 2, 2016

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Feature Story

Cancer researchers: It’s time to pay more attention to ‘miracle’ patients

FRIDAY, August 26, 2016 (The Washington Post) — Call it luck — or a medical miracle. During clinical trials for experimental cancer drugs, some patients simply respond better than others. And a tiny fraction of patients see dramatic results, responding so well to treatment that they survive forms of cancers that quickly kill their counterparts. Stories about people like Emily Whitehead, the then-6-year-old who was enrolled in a clinical trial that saved her life, make headlines. But statistically speaking, they’re insignificant, mere outliers. Because they deviate so far from the norm, these “exceptional responders” are often overlooked by researchers.

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