Putting personalized healthcare at the heart of clinical practice
On September 14th , Prof. Emile Voest (Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, NL) gave a presentation in the ESMO Virtual Congress 2020 Industry Satellite Symposium entitled “Putting personalised healthcare at the heart of clinical practice”.
The title of his presentation was “Looking at where personalised healthcare has become reality”. In his presentation he made reference to a study on Pan-cancer whole-genome analyses of metastatic solid tumours that was published in Nature in 2019 (https://rdcu.be/b7u2p ).
It showed that on average genomic approaches identify actionable targets in 31% of the cases. It seems that other tools such as functional precision medicine tests based on patient-derived microtumors would aid in identifying effective drug therapies for the large fraction of patients that do not benefit from genomics guided medicine.