Friday October 23, 2020

Are we on the cusp of a cancer care revolution?

Recent developments in cancer therapy have been called transformational, but they are often very expensive, and some doctors caution against over-estimating their potential benefits

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

17th December, 2017
Research into gene therapy treatment is proving promising

This year, regulators approved the first gene therapy treatment for cancer. Using this landmark treatment, a patient’s own cells are turbo-charged outside the body, reinjected, then used to attack cancer - like tiny, but effective, tumour assassins.

Drug companies are selling tests for thousands of euro that can provide the unique genomic profile of an individual patient’s tumour. The reason? Instead of blasting cancer patients with chemotherapy and radiation that destroy everything in...

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