For the first time, researchers have conducted a large trial in which they tested the entire genome of individual breast cancers to help personalize treatment. They released their findings at the ESMO 2012 Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology in Vienna.
In recent years, a number of drugs have been developed that target specific genetic alterations in cancer. To choose which of these drugs are suitable for individual patients, some genetic testing is performed. “In most of these cases, these genetic testing approaches only analyze a limited number of genes,” said study author Dr Fabrice André from Institute Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France.
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