In the past, cancer was thought to be a one-size-fits-all type of disease, and was tested and treated accordingly. However, scientists now know that every person’s cancer is comprised of a unique combination of genetically inherited gene mutations and cell mutations that have arisen as a result of lifestyle choices and/or environmental factors.
Thus, your cancer is truly unique to you.
"In every area of cancer treatment we have largely functioned on a one-size-fits-all basis because we didn’t have tools to do any better." – Dr. Robert Stein, consultant at University College London
Happily, science has evolved to provide us with tests that allow us to discover exactly what is causing your cancer to grow, in addition to literally thousands of targeted cancer therapy options. These are drugs that have been designed to remove only the cells containing your mutation, leaving your healthy cells unharmed, leading to survival rates that far surpass those of standard chemotherapy and radiation. (For example, studies have shown that tumour shrinkage rates and progression-free survival are greatly improved with precision oncology.)
Based on the most advanced medical science, this innovative approach to cancer treatment enables us to:
Standard treatment for cancer usually involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or some combination of these. Treatment with chemotherapy drugs and radiation aims to slow the growth of cancer, keep it from spreading, and kill any cancerous cells that have spread to other parts of the body (metastasized).
It is to everyone’s benefit that science has evolved to offering a better, more effective form of cancer treatment: targeted cancer therapies.
Along the way, researchers have learned some useful information about how cancers work.
Medical science now shows that:
So in order to ensure the most successful cancer treatment outcome, your doctor must be aware of all mutations that are present. Oncologists can (and do) often make a fair guess about one common mutation that’s likely present – but without information regarding the other mutations that are involved, the treatment plan will be based on guesswork and will be potentially wrong.
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and division of abnormal cells, and there are multiple factors that can contribute to this uncontrolled growth.
Gene mutations may produce:
These gene mutations have long been the subject of medical research for cancer innovation. Knowledge of gene mutations gives us a better understanding of cancers and how to develop effective drugs. For some time now the overarching goal in the medical research community has been to create better drugs (targeted cancer therapies) that:
Fortunately, the future is now here: targeted cancer therapies do exist, and new targeted cancer drugs are being developed daily.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and wants to ensure they’re receiving treatment that’s been demonstrated to be most effective for their form of cancer, please contact CTOAM today.
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