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New test can help identify cancer cells

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared marketing for a new test that may assist health professionals in identifying which cancer cells are present in malignant tumors.

The Pathwork Tissue of Origin test compares the genetic material of a patient's tumor with genetic information on malignant tumor types stored in a database. The Pathwork test considers some 15 common malignant tumors, including bladder, breast and colorectal tumors.

For more information, visit www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01870.html.