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Gene mapping may not help oncologists treat individual patients

I have that genetic profiling has it’s limits when fighting cancer, primarily because cancer cells have the unique ability to morph and change.

Seems these researchers agree…

Personal Gene Mapping Has Limits, Study Says

MONDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) — Many people have pinned their hopes on human genome scans as the cornerstone of the rapidly emerging field of personalized medicine, able to predict the future health of individuals.

But there may be limits to what information whole genome sequencing can provide, according to new research slated for presentation Monday at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Chicago. The study will be simultaneously published online in Science Translational Medicine.

“In most cases, genome sequencing is not going to tell people what disease they’re going to get or die from. It can be valuable in telling what diseases they have an excess risk for,” said study co-author Dr. Bert Vogelstein, director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

“Genome sequencing is not going to be the dominant component of patient care,” he added. “It will not be a substitute for preventive medicine strategies incorporating routine check-ups, exercise, physical status, lifestyle.”

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Looks like this will be one tool that our docs have to help treat us in the future.  But only one tool…

They are making progress, boys and girls!  I just wish it wouldn’t take so long…

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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