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The personalisation of cancer treatments is leading to better outcomes for patients

Personalised cancer treatment, long talked of, is thus now becoming real. By detecting problems earlier and getting therapies right first time, it will save lives which might otherwise be lost. Better molecular understanding of the underlying processes of cancer, meanwhile, will extend the range of lives that medicine can aspire to save. There is still […]

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‘Most exciting cancer treatment since chemotherapy’ could save patients using DNA tests

“Personalised medicine is a very, very different way of treating patients. It’s the most exciting thing since chemotherapy” R. Sharpe   A revolutionary approach to treating cancer using DNA tests can shrink tumours at six times the rates of conventional medicine, major trials reveal today. Experts said the promise shown by “precision medicine” was “the […]

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Precision medicine the theme at world’s biggest cancer conference

New era of targeted treatment that will extend survival rates detailed at American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting   A new era of cancer treatment is beginning in which patients get drugs matched specifically to their tumour, according to scientists at the world’s biggest cancer conference in Chicago. Precision or personalised medicine, as it is […]

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Genetic testing of tumours could personalise cancer treatment, experts say

Cancer patients should undergo genetic testing of their tumours in order to boost survival and avoid unnecessary, gruelling treatments, experts say . Researchers attending the world’s biggest cancer conference in Chicago hailed personalised medicine as the “future of cancer treatment” and the “biggest breakthrough since chemotherapy”. While some treatments already hone in on specific biological pathways to […]

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The cancer revolution: Personalised treatment that’s ‘six times better’ than traditional methods at beating the disease

The revolutionary approach tailors treatment to each cancer patient Experts have hailed the ‘personalised medicine’ as a huge breakthrough Research will show how the technique increases chances of survival   A revolutionary approach to cancer which tailors treatment to each patient is six times as effective as traditional methods, a landmark study has found. Experts […]

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‘New era’ of personalised cancer drugs, say doctors

Cancer is entering a “new era” of personalised medicine with drugs targeted to the specific weaknesses in each patient’s tumour, say doctors.   Precision medicine is one of the big themes at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Doctors say “breath-taking” advances in the understanding of tumours are being used to […]

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There’s a real sense of optimism around new ways of tackling lung cancer

“I lost both parents to lung cancer. The doctors did what they could, but treatments back then were not what they are today. Lung cancer is a formidable opponent. Young researchers should take this opportunity to learn from the best – families like us are willing them to succeed.” These were the words of one […]

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New biomarker identifies uveal melanoma patients at high risk for metastasis

MIAMI, March 1, 2016– A study by J. William Harbour, M.D., associate director for Basic Research and leader of the Eye Cancer Site Disease Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues published today in Clinical Cancer Research details the discovery of a biomarker that puts […]

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Pancreatic cancer found to be four separate diseases

Scientists have discovered pancreatic cancer can be divided into four separate types, paving the way for more accurate diagnosis and treatment. Researchers said the findings were a “launch pad” to look for new treatments, and could help doctors better understand which treatments are likely to work for each type of the disease. Dr Emma Smith, […]

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Groundbreaking discovery made use skin cells to kill cancer

In a first for medical science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pharmacy researchers turn skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that destroy brain tumors known as glioblastoma — a discovery that can offer, for the first time in more than 30 years, a new and more effective treatment for the disease. The technique, […]

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Consensus on genomic classification of bladder cancer makes progress

The genomic revolution that followed the unraveling of the human genome has led to a push to classify cancer according to genetic and molecular – rather than cell and tissue – features. While some areas like breast cancer have made huge progress in this movement, bladder cancer is a relative latecomer. To make progress in […]

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