Sanford Cancer Center – Precision Medicine
Imagine what it would be like if we could treat each type of cancer with the right treatment at the right time. Understanding which targeted cancer therapy is best suited to attack your type of cancer involves gathering specific information about your tumor to help diagnose, plan treatment, and forecast a prognosis. Personalized cancer therapy is no longer just a future idea of cancer researchers, but an available option for certain types of cancer.
Most cancer treatments have been designed for the “average cancer patient.” As a result of this one-size-fits-all approach, treatments can be very successful for some patients and ineffective for others. Personalized medicine allows physicians and researchers to better understand the complex makeup of a tumor and then better predict which treatments will be most effective and offer potentially fewer side effects.
Genomic Testing: Using your Genetic Code to Attack Cancer
Genomic testing allows us to quickly determine if a cancerous tumor contains certain genetic markers. Those results may then be used to customize treatment options and employ targeted therapies specific to a patient’s tumor. For more information about genomic testing and available clinical trials, please call (605) 328-1368.