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Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology

Clinicians' Expectations for Gene-Driven Cancer Therapy

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Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology 2014:8 159-164

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Published on 18 Dec 2014

DOI: 10.4137/CMO.S20737


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Abstract

A new era of medicine is rapidly approaching, which will change not only pathological diagnosis but also medical decision-making. This paper raises the question of how well prepared doctors are to address the new issues that will soon confront them. The human genome has been completely sequenced and general understanding about cancer biology has increased enormously with understanding that unregulated gene function and complicated changes in signal pathways are related to uncontrolled cell growth. Thus, gene-driven therapy involving alterations to genes are recognized to present new therapy options. This advance will necessitate major changes to the decision-making aspect of physicians. This article focuses on defining the pertinent changes and addressing what they mean for practicing physicians.



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