Precision genomics technology used to personalized breast cancer treatment

At the IU Health Arnett Cancer Center, doctors are using a tool called precision genomics to tackle breast cancer.

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 10:28 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — WLFI News 18 is continuing our Breast Cancer Awareness month series with help from our partners at IU Health Arnett. At the IU Health Arnett Cancer Center, doctors are using a tool called precision genomics to tackle breast cancer.

The process makes sure a patient's treatment plan is best suited for them with the least amount of side effects.

The Precision Genomics Technology uses a sample of a patients breast tissue with cancer for detailed analysis. The physician at the center work with the precision genomics team in Indianapolis where 20 IU Health experts from across the county examine the tissue.

They look for changes in DNA unique to your cancer and then a targeted agent or drug is recommended to the patient to target that very specific mutation.

"So there may be a treatment for this mutation that this patient has, but the patient with the exact same diagnosis doesn't have that mutation so that treatment isn't going to work for them," said Ti Jones an Oncologist with IU Health Arnett.

With help from precision genomics, doctors can better persevere a patient's quality of life during treatment.

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