Based upon increased knowledge, researchers are making substantial progress in two areas that have changed the way cancer is and will be treated: Creating targeted therapy drugs that “find” specific mutations in cancer cells to then interfere with (and strive to stop) the growth and spread of cancer.
Testing specific features of cancer cells (biomarker testing also called tumor marker testing) help oncologists identify whether or not available targeted therapy options will work for an individual’s treatment – thereby “personalizing” treatment based on the best available knowledge.
While surgery, chemotherapy and radiation have traditionally been the “standard of care” for cancer, we encourage you to learn about the targeted treatments and tests that are now available and widely used.
For more information
The National Cancer Institute provides:
The Research Advocacy Network provides:
The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s “cancer.net” site provides: