Precision Medicine

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Read February 22, 2021

Advancing the Promise of Precision Medicine

In December 2020, CSC hosted a 3-day virtual summit on the topic of precision medicine. The summit was an action-oriented event focused on eliciting feedback from patients regarding CSC precision medicine education materials and educating the cancer community on the promise of precision medicine and the barriers and gaps that exist in ensuring access for all.

Precision Medicine: Targeted Therapy Quick Guide

Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that targets a specific change in some cancers that helps them grow, divide, and spread. Targeted drugs are designed to block cancer growth “driven” by these changes to the tumor’s gene. Doctors decide to use a targeted therapy based on the findings of biomarker tests, including mutation testing of your tumor. Watch this 10-minute guide to learn more about targeted therapies and how they are being used to treat cancer patients. This is the fourth guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

Precision Medicine: Biomarker Testing Quick Guide

Biomarker testing helps your doctor understand what is unique about you and your cancer on a molecular level. A biomarker is a molecule in your body that your doctors can measure to tell them something specific about you and your cancer. Biomarkers can let doctors know if your tumor has a good chance of responding to a certain treatment. Watch this 9-minute guide to learn more about biomarker testing and how it is being used to diagnose and treat cancer patients. This is the third guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

Precision Medicine: Cancers You Can Inherit Quick Guide

Genes – which make up your DNA – are molecules inside your cells that you inherited from your birth parents. Sometimes genes are inherited with changes in the DNA, called mutations. Very small changes in the DNA can sometimes cause large issues like cancer. Some inherited mutations can raise a person’s cancer risk later in life. Watch this 6-minute guide to learn more about inherited genetic mutations and how testing for these mutations can help to prevent and diagnosis cancer. This is the second guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

Precision Medicine: Overview Quick Guide

Precision medicine takes into account how different each person’s environment, lifestyle, and genes are from one another. The goal of precision medicine is to create a treatment plan according to the “precise” molecular aspects of each patient’s cancer. Treatments can be developed for groups of patients whose cancers all share a specific type of gene or protein. Watch this 8-minute guide to learn more about precision medicine and how it is being used to treat cancer patients. This is the first guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

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Read October 10, 2018

How Precise is Precision Medicine?

While government officials and the medical community celebrate advances in precision medicine, patients often struggle to navigate a treatment landscape that increasingly resembles science fiction.
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Read March 23, 2016

When More Tests Don’t Yield More Answers

While personalized medicine and gene testing hold a lot of promise—currently genetic tests are able to identify up to one hundred gene mutations, some of which are linked with increased cancer risk—their newness presents some challenges.