Precision Medicine and the Future of Cancer Treatment

Precision medicine is rapidly changing the way cancer is studied and treated today. With new information about genetic and molecular characteristics in tumors, doctors are finding more effective and less toxic ways to fight the disease.

Precision medicine in cancer
Nikhil Wagle, MD, and Levi Garraway, MD

“Precision medicine is seeing the monster of cancer clearly for the first time in a way that we can pinpoint weaknesses and then go into our arsenal and try new drugs to attack those weaknesses,” says Levi Garraway, MD, PhD, director of the Joint Center for Cancer Precision Medicine at Dana-Farber.

Garraway recently discussed the evolving field of precision medicine in a Science, Innovation, and Discovery Talk (SID Talk) at Dana-Farber. During the TED Talk-style presentation, Garraway explained some of the groundbreaking work that is helping current and future patients.

Watch Garraway’s talk below:

2 responses to “Precision Medicine and the Future of Cancer Treatment

  1. I would like to learn more about the new breakthroughs in cancer treatment.
    Is there anything new on esophageal cancer? Thanks

    1. Dear Gerasimos —

      Thank you for your comment and for reading our Insight blog. There are several clinical trials currently researching treatments for esophageal cancer, as well as research in to some targeted therapies.

      You can find some additional information about the latest treatments in this blog post as well as this transcript from a recent Twitter chat.

      More information is also available through the Center for Esophageal and Gastric Cancer at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.

      Wishing you all the best!

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