Genetic Testing Can Save Your Life
If have cancer and your doctor hasn’t recommended genetic testing, then go ahead and ask to have it done. This can literally be a lifesaver, especially if there’s a family history of the disease.
Some people have an increased risk of cancers because they have an inherited gene fault or mutation. By identifying the mutation, patients can get the right treatment while the cancer is easier to treat.
Targeted Therapies Work
Thousands of genes reside in cancer cells. By deciphering these genes, scientists can determine which mutations are being carried, making it possible to match them up with the correct cancer drugs.
Targeted drug therapies are routinely used to treat lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, melanoma, and other cancers. Not everybody responds to them, but those that do typically respond very well.