Posted on October 25th, 2011 by
Picking the Cancer Treatment That Works Best for You- Ask the Expert about Personalized Medicine
Live Web Chat with David Sidransky, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, click here for bio
Dr. David Sidransky is an award-winning oncologist and a world leading authority in the field of molecular diagnostics, targeted therapies and individualized patient treatments.
About the Live Web Chat
The web chat is in two parts: the live Q&A will follow Dr. Sidransky’s presentation.
Doctors are increasingly able to use tumor-specific information — obtained from the cancer tumor itself — to help determine what chemotherapeutic agents will and won’t work in a specific individual. As these cancer treatments become more targeted, cancer patients will benefit from them in terms of outcome, costs, and quality of life.
The promise exists that oncologists will be able to develop processes that enable them to better evaluate the effectiveness of anti-cancer agents before they are administered to patients. One such process involves the implantation of primary human tumors in immune deficient mice followed by growth and propagation of the resulting engraftments (“Tumorgrafts”), closely preserving the biological characteristics of the original human tumor. Treatment drugs are then administered to evaluate the Tumorgraft’s sensitivity or resistance to each drug.
This predictive model enables us to discover genetic markers in tumors and correlate these markers with treatment response. It will help in new drug development and may also enable the development of personalized vaccines directly from the patient’s tumor.
Click here to submit a question to Dr. Sidransky that will be answered during the Live Webcast. Please note, we will do our best to respond to all questions during the 30-minute live Q&A portion of the program. Thank you for your participation.
This program is sponsored by Champions Oncology. Please visit http://www.personalizedcancertreatment.com to learn more.
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