A recent study of approximately 3,000 patients by the Mayo Clinic in JAMA Oncology (Samadder et al) has identified that up to a third of patients on standard cancer treatment protocols required changes in their treatment once genomic testing had identified more suitable treatments for their cancer. Furthermore, inherited mutations were missed in half of […]
Using multiple approaches to genomic testing, researchers have identified key characteristics associated with patients that have experienced ‘exceptional’ responses to cancer treatment. The study involving 111 patients with different types of cancer (Wheeler et al in Cancer Cell), identified several mechanisms – DNA damage response, intracellular signaling, immune engagement, and genetic alterations characteristic of favorable […]
How does genomic testing help with my cancer? Advances in genomic testing are allowing us to identify suitable treatments for cancer and understand how a patient’s cancer is likely to interact with the range of treatments available. Most mainstream approaches to treatment are based on standardised protocols revolving around surgery, chemotherapy and radiology. There is […]
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