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Precision oncology in advanced cancer patients improves overall survival with lower weekly healthcare costs

The impact of precision oncology on guiding treatment decisions of late-stage cancer patients was previously studied in a retrospective analysis. However, the overall survival and costs were not previously evaluated. We report the overall survival and healthcare costs associated with precision oncology in these patients with advanced cancer. Building on a matched cohort study of 44 patients with metastatic […]

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Nobel prize for medicine goes to cancer therapy

Two scientists who discovered how to fight cancer using the body’s immune system have won the 2018 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. The work, by Professor James P Allison from the US and Professor Tasuku Honjo from Japan, has led to treatments for advanced, deadly skin cancer. Immune checkpoint therapy has revolutionised cancer treatment, said […]

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Consistency of tumor and immune cell programmed cell death ligand-1 expression within and between tumor blocks using the VENTANA SP263 assay

Oncologica contributes to a seminal study by Paul Scorer, in partnership with colleagues in the IMED Biotech Unit at AstraZeneca, who have investigated the consistency of tumour and immune cell programmed cell death ligand-1 expression, within and between tumour blocks, using the VENTANA SP263 assay. Several anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and anti-programmed cell death ligand-1 […]

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DNA ‘barcode’ delivering personalised breast cancer care

Scientists in Cambridge say advances in genetics are set to transform the treatment of breast cancer, making it more personalised to each patient. All women there diagnosed with breast cancer have their entire genetic code mapped. Doctors say it is helping them chose the right treatment and predict whether patients are likely to experience side effects. It […]

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OncoCheckpoint: Companion DX for Cdc7 inhibitors

Oncologica has established the first comprehensive predictive test for Cdc7 inhibitors using its state of the art Next Generation Sequencing platform validated for the delivery of Oncologica’s precision oncology clinical services. Our newly developed Cdc7 companion Dx “OncoCheckpoint” analyses the major signalling components of the DNA replication origin activation checkpoint for all activating/inactivating genetic aberrations that […]

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AML and chemotherapy. A study recently co-authored by Oncologica

The ability to assess which patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) will derive benefit from chemotherapy is a challenge using current technologies. Oncologica has recently co-authored a study in which we show that analysis of the proliferative state of leukemic tumour cells exploiting the evolutionary conserved proteins that replicate a cell’s DNA can be used […]

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THE ONCOFOCUS TEST

Here at Happy Magazine we try to focus on all things positive for the cancer journey. This can be anything from a tasty recipe to a motivational video or a great new product which we think might be helpful. We try to steer clear of any heavy medical information as we feel that there is […]

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Revolutionary test can tailor the best therapy for cancer patients

A revolutionary new test, which takes the “guesswork” out of deciding what treatment will be most effective for a cancer patient, has been launched in Ireland. Dr David Fennelly, oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, said the Oncofocus test has great potential to improve the survival of cancer patients. This will include not just […]

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Oncofocus Cancer Test and targeted therapies. The Revolution in cancer treatment has begun.

Chemotherapy is no longer the only option against cancer, there are now more than 600 targeted therapies available to treat solid tumours. Targeted therapies are the cornerstone of personalized medicine, a form of medicine that uses information about a person’s DNA profile to treat cancer.  The Oncofocus test can identify new treatment options in 85% of […]

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UK chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution within five years. But the revolution is actually already here.

In 5 years cancer patients should be routinely offered DNA tests to help select the best treatments for them, according to Prof Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer. But cancer does not wait and “the Revolution” is actually already here. Since 2015 Oncologica indeed offers to the wide public at an accessible cost Oncofocus […]

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Every cancer patient could have DNA tested under five-year government plan to cut deaths

Future goal is for every cancer patient to have his or her whole genome sequenced A new era of genome-based personalised medicine could open up for cancer patients within five years under new plans unveiled by the Government’s chief medical adviser. The “genomics dream” outlined by Professor Dame Sally Davies would see millions of patients […]

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Chemotherapy is no longer the only option against cancer…

Chemotherapy is no longer the only option against cancer, there are now more than 600 targeted therapies available to treat solid tumors.  Targeted cancer therapies are new drugs that kill cancer cells but do not affect normal cells compared with chemotherapy which kills both cancer cells and normal cells. Targeted therapies are the cornerstone of […]

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