Will Genomically Informed Cancer Care Be Better for Patients?
Yes. Genome-wide profiling-whether it involves comparative genomic hybridization, karyotyping, polymorphism analysis, or gene expression profiling-is an essential element of genomically informed cancer care. The goal of genome-based care is to tailor cancer risk assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment to each individual and malignancy. Researchers are using genome-wide profiling to lay groundwork that should enable this to become a reality. However, there is still much work to be done before this new approach can be translated into better care for patients.