More personalized treatment in the future?

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Question from D8: You have referred to the importance of understanding the biochemistry of the cancer cells. Besides ER, PR, and HER2 markers, what other tests will become available? What's the future of personalized treatment? And how important is it to re-test new metastases?
Answers - Larry Norton, M.D. Personalized treatment is with us now. You already mentioned some of the factors we analyze. But even now there are tests that measure more factors than just ER, PR, and HER2. One of these is Oncotype DX, which measures 21 genes and has been shown to be very useful in predicting whether an individual tumor will do well with hormone therapy or chemotherapy. There's another test that measures 70 genes called MammaPrint which also provides useful information. This is a rapidly evolving area. No two cancers are exactly alike. We are indeed learning which treatments will work best with which cancers.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer featured Larry Norton, M.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about managing day-to-day life with metastatic breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2007.

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