By Special Contributor Larry Kane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In the medical world, after four decades, a local doctor has become famous for his progressive views on battling cancer.

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Dr. John Glick helped put the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylavnia on the map. Now, 40 years after his arrival here, the focus he says has turned on gene research for individuals.

“We’re going to take a patient’s tumor, we’re starting with four tumor types. By performing genetic analysis on that tumor or what I call genetic finger printing try to identify specific abnormalities in that person’s tumor that are unique to that individual.”

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Glick brought cancer out of the shadows – from the rarely talked about issue in the late 60s to the frank discussions of today; including the real threat of cancer clusters.

“The environment is important. Smoking is part of the environment. Asbestos is part of the environment. We have a higher incidence of cancer because we are a densely populated area. More people, more smoking more exposure to industrial smoke.”

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