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Common Ground

In some cases, cancers of seemingly disparate organs travel the same pathway and can be targeted by the same drug.

By Cathryn Delude // Infographic by Chris Malec // Summer 2009
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Researchers are looking beyond a tumor’s physical location to discover the genetic mutation that drives the cancer; in some cases, they’ve found that cancers of seemingly disparate organs travel the same pathway. Here are examples of these newly reclassified organs, the relevant mutations and the drugs that target them, both approved (starred) and under study.

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