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Precision Medicine is hot topic at ASCO

CHICAGO: A precision medicine approach using a patient’s individual tumor biomarkers to determine the best treatment leads to significantly better outcomes, according to data being presented at this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting.   A meta-analysis of 346 Phase I clinical trials involving more than 13,000 patients found that patients whose treatment […]

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Cancer treatment untested in many patients with immune problems

Thousands of cancer patients could be spared chemotherapy every year following significant advances in personalised medicine, experts have said. Because of this, patients may find themselves stopping the pills before the first five years, resulting in risks not being lowered.   Instead, targeted drugs created to bring the cancer under control can be selected – […]

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Defining cancers based on genetic ‘fingerprint’ could help personalise treatment

“We’re starting to move from general treatments chosen on the basis of the tissue where the cancer starts and what the cancer looks like, to an era of molecular-designed therapy, targeting a tumour’s genetic fingerprint” – Professor Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK Doctors are closer to personalising treatment for some cancers as genetic analysis of […]

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Precision medicine can widen cancer care options, studies find

Using a patient’s individual tumor biomarkers to determine the best treatment can improve success rates, studies showed Saturday. Unlike chemotherapy and radiation therapy, targeted medicine allows for the preservation of healthy cells.   This approach, especially immunotherapy, which boosts the immune system to destroy tumor cells — is revolutionizing oncology, according to the study released at […]

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Targeted cancer care to spare thousands of patients chemotherapy

Precision medicine is about finding the right key for the lock, finding out what it is that is driving the tumour, what makes it tick. Prof Roy Herbst Thousands of cancer patients could be spared chemotherapy every year following significant advances in personalised medicine, experts have said. The “future of cancer treatment” is likely to […]

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NHS should give all cancer patients personalised care

Life-changing personalised cancer treatments should be offered to all patients on the NHS as standard care and not be restricted to clinical trials, experts say.   Results from an international study show that genetic testing of tumours can boost survival and avoid unnecessary treatments. Despite the evidence, British scientists fear that the NHS will lag […]

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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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