Cancer can be described as a genomic disease. It is caused by changes to DNA which lead to cells dividing uncontrollably. By comparing the DNA sequence from a patient’s tumour and healthy cells, we can provide insight into the exact nature and genomic changes that are associated with an individual’s cancer. The results can be used by clinicians to help with both diagnosis and treatment choice. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) can also begin to show which patients are unlikely to respond to a particular treatment – saving unnecessary medication and toxic side effects.
Genomics is helping to deliver precision medicine – with a real impact on patients and their health outcomes. To do this we need the engagement of Healthcare Professionals from around the South West peninsula to identify patients.
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