Genetic Testing — A Game-Changer
Currently, there may be hundreds of thousands of people at high risk for cancer who don’t even know it. Many of these people might benefit from targeted therapies, but they may not be treated with them.
Genetic testing is changing the field of medicine and will continue to do so for the next few years. Since 2003, when scientists successfully mapped the human genome, personalized cancer therapy based on a patient’s genetic information has transformed cancer treatment.
Genetic testing is changing the field of medicine and will continue to do so for the next few years.
Initially, doctors relied upon chemotherapy, surgery and radiation to treat cancers, but now it is possible to analyze the DNA (the genetic instructions for the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of all known organisms) of a person’s tumor and use specific therapies designed to target the relevant mutations that were identified. In addition, physicians may discover mutations that put that person at high risk for certain kinds of cancer. Clinicians and researchers are frequently evaluating additional mutations that may further benefit cancer care.
About Women’s Cancer Research Foundation
The Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF) is one of the most active research organizations in the nation. We are dedicated to studying and evaluating novel treatments for women afflicted with breast, ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers. The WCRF persistently endeavors to make a difference in women’s lives by offering them hope, strength, and progress.
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