At the OSUCCC – James, cancer researchers and world-renowned diagnostic experts continually focus on studying cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. In fact, the OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted care and treatment.
According to Sameek Roychowdhury, MD, PhD, genomics expert and medical oncologist, two things enabled the opportunity for precision medicine in the past couple of years:
- Highly advanced technology that has been developed to enable experts to characterize cancer rapidly (for example, gene sequencing, which is now thousands of times faster and hundreds of thousands of dollars less expensive than previously), and
- The drug development process that has given cancer specialists access to novel “smart drugs,” which can target and hone in on a specific gene or cell, enabling these specialists to be extraordinarily precise in targeting an abnormality, then delivering treatment directly to that faulty gene or cell.
“A smart drug,” says Roychowdhury, “is like a patriot missile or a drone that can carry treatment precisely to its target, which is the misbehaving gene or cell. That accuracy and precision can mean better outcomes and significantly less side effects for patients.”
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