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How Long Does a Biopsy Provide Useful Information?

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Published on May 21, 2017

With ever-evolving treatments and new discoveries in medicine, will your biopsy for myeloproliferative neoplasm still provide useful information in the future? Dr. Carlos Bueso-Ramos of MD Anderson Cancer Center describes the longevity of a biopsy and how the sample can still provide important data years after the procedure. 

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Hopefully, in the future, we should be able to tell you there is something here at a sub-clonal level, maybe you have X disease, but there may be a particular clone that is not that prominent right now. But it may become prominent later on, and they switch.  And so that information is available.  You can actually get, you see, as they do these extra smears that don't get stained, they can be painted by pros that look for specific chromosomes 10 years later and some call, you know, hybridization.  You know, you can hybridize probes and actually get signals on the smear.  You can scrape the smears and get DNA. 

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