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  1. All studies and research papers cited are from reputable academic medical institutions or peer-reviewed journals.
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  3. All content related to new treatments, drugs, procedures, and so on must clearly describe availability, side effects, treatment target (such as triple negative breast cancer)
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/ Updated January 6th, 2023

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