The Value of Personalized Medicine in OncologyLetter to Our Readers
Personalized Medicine in Oncology (PMO) organizes the vastly complex forces of personalized medicine into an approachable model of cancer care:
- Identifying the genetic mutations and biological derangements that drive tumors
- Translating genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics into real-world clinical strategies
- Anticipating payersâ€™ increasing demands for prior authorization of biological therapy
- Interviewing healthcare visionaries in the medical, managed care, and policy sectors
- Assessing the biological pipeline and its impact on transforming survival expectations
In short, PMO is the practicing oncologistsâ€™ survival guide for translating targeted, personalized cancer care from clinical trials to clinical practice. Our goal is to bring clarity to providers on making the transition from conventional to personalized cancer care. The gratifying potential of personalized medicine is only attainable if it is understood by providers. With many new therapies being so rapidly developed, it is challenging for practicing oncologists to keep pace and to discern the true, clinically relevant advances within the field. We thank our readers and supporters because, as a community, we sustain the momentum of personalized cancer care, making it possible to sit back every now and then to take stock of the impact that novel therapies are having on the lives of our patients. We have come a long way in just a few short years, but there are many hurdles yet to overcome, and PMO will continue to serve as our guide to optimizing personalized medical care within our practices.
It is our sincere wish that this journal helps you achieve a new level in providing personalized care to your patients.
Greg Kalemkerian, MD
University of Michigan
PMO Board Member
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A novel intratumoral chemotherapy agent delivered by direct injection permits the dispersion of cytotoxic drugs into cancer cells to eradicate tumors, according to data from a phase 1/2 trial of INT230-6 alone and in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced solid tumors.
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Trabectedin (ET-743) is a marine alkaloid isolated from the Caribbean tunicate Ecteinascidia turbinata, with a chemical structure characterized by 3 fused tetrahydroisoquinoline rings.1 Trabectedin binds to the minor groove of DNA and alkylates guanine at the N2 position, bending the helix toward the major groove.2,3 In this manner, it is [ Read More ]