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Can personalised treatments transform cancer into a chronic condition?
Today a single cure for cancer doesn’t exist, but in the words of Bridie Smith from the Sydney Morning Herald’s, there have been advances in identifying and understanding various subtypes of different forms of cancer and in making patient’s treatments more personalised for these diseases.
Dr. Kylie Mason from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne University said: “every patient is an individual”, referring to the evidence that every patient responds in a different way than somebody else to the same condition or the same named diagnosis. “We are not treating a cancer, we are treating a patient”, Dr. Mason added.
Another voice from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Jayesh Desai, added: “to be able to do molecular and genomic tests allows us to much better understand what makes a patient’s cancer behave in a particular way and that will allow for more tailored treatments”. He is convinced that determining the causes at a molecular level that lead to cancer will enable more personalized treatments.
While a cure against cancer is not discovered yet, Smith says that with the recent promising work into immunotherapies, cancer could be transformed into a chronic condition.