Precision Cancer Medicine: What it Means to Patients


At the OSUCCC – James, cancer researchers and world-renowned diagnostic experts continually focus on studying cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

The OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment. A large part of that is delivering precision medicine to patients.

When patients are first diagnosed, the OSUCCC – James cancer specialists work with patients to identify family and medical history, determine what patients can expect and understand the nature of their particular disease.

Patients may initially undergo a biopsy, MRI, CAT scan or another form of detailed diagnostic process so that the experts and the patients know exactly what they are dealing with and the extent of the disease. From there, precision medicine adds another layer to individualized care by adding the genetic analysis component. This enables patients to receive a highly targeted, personalized treatment plan.

For example, lung cancer used to be diagnosed and treated solely on the basis of its location and stage. However, there can be up to 50 different kinds of lung cancer, so the OSUCCC – James lung cancer specialists use highly advanced genetic tools to determine exactly what sub-set of lung cancer a patient has – at the molecular level – then create an individualized treatment plan designed to target and treat that patient’s specific disease.

That kind of care and treatment enables the OSUCCC – James cancer experts to detect and diagnose cancer even more specifically, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a cancer specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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