Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

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Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

Cancer patient Alison Cairnes poses for a portrait at the University of California San Diego in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 15, 2017. Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now. she takes it too, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests suggested it would fight her gastric cancer, and they were right.
Patient Alison Cairnes, foreground, looks at images with her doctor Shumei Kato at the University of California San Diego in San Diego on Aug. 15, 2017. Cairnes’ cancer was between her stomach and esophagus, and had spread to her liver, lungs and lymph nodes. Tissue testing found 10 abnormal genes, but on the liquid biopsy “only EGFR popped out” as a good target. Two drugs aim at that gene but aren’t approved for her type of cancer. A tumor board advised trying the combo. Within two weeks, she quit using pain medicines. After two months, her liver tumor had shrunk roughly by half.

Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumor boards guide cancer care

Cancer patient Alison Cairnes poses for a portrait at the University of California San Diego in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 15, 2017. Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now. she takes it too, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests suggested it would fight her gastric cancer, and they were right.
Patient Alison Cairnes, foreground, looks at images with her doctor Shumei Kato at the University of California San Diego in San Diego on Aug. 15, 2017. Cairnes’ cancer was between her stomach and esophagus, and had spread to her liver, lungs and lymph nodes. Tissue testing found 10 abnormal genes, but on the liquid biopsy “only EGFR popped out” as a good target. Two drugs aim at that gene but aren’t approved for her type of cancer. A tumor board advised trying the combo. Within two weeks, she quit using pain medicines. After two months, her liver tumor had shrunk roughly by half.
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