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  • Posted: 10/20/2009

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Will Genomically Informed Cancer Care Be Better for Patients?

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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.

Graphic shows a woman trying to navigate the results of her breast cancer diagnosis. There are two stations: One says Phenotype portraits where she is picking up her mammogram, and another says genotype portraits where results of the genome-wide profiling of the tumor are being explained. Patient asks what this means in terms of her care.