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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 10/20/2009

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Can Genome-Wide Profiles Monitor the Response to Cancer Treatment?

Not yet. Once a molecular pathway and its activities that support a cancer are known, genomic analysis may eventually be used to monitor whether or not a pathway-specific targeted treatment has effectively disrupted this pathway, but this has not yet been demonstrated in the clinic.

Graphic shows a researcher trying to blow up the mTOR pathway in a cancer cell and his colleague is using a magnifying glass to peer into the cell and see if the pathway is destroyed.