Precision Oncology has four distinct steps, also referred to as The Four Pillars of Precision Oncology. Clinical cancer research shows that when cancer patients include just one of these Precision Oncology tools the results are improved survival rates over standard cancer care, with greatly reduced treatment side effects.
Now, what do you think the outcome would be when all four of these life-saving advances are applied to your cancer treatment?
In fact, the data shows that the full Precision Oncology process results in greatly prolonged survival rates, even for patients with inoperable cancers and those who have already exhausted all standard care options. And for those who begin their cancer treatment with Precision Oncology, the outcomes are literally off the charts.
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What are the Four Pillars of Precision Oncology?
Precision Oncology is, by definition, the most advanced cancer care that science has to offer.
If you are engaging in Precision Oncology it means that your treatment plan is literally designed just for you: your unique genetics, your lifestyle, and your preferences too.
It means that at each step in your cancer care, decisions about how to proceed with treatment are directly driven not by which tests or treatments happen to be on the standard care menu, but by what your body most needs to kill the cancer cells, now. And best of all, Precision Oncology is proven to provide greater success rates and fewer side-effects than conventional cancer care.
Pillar 1: Precise Diagnosis
Precision Oncology uses leading edge diagnostic tools, such as detailed genetic panels and hereditary mutation testing, as well as PET/CT imaging, to show precisely where the cancer is in your body and what is making it grow. We also conduct a thorough review of your medical history, family history and life experience to determine any and all possible causes of your cancer.
Without precision diagnostics your doctor can only base your treatment on their best guess. Given that 90+% of the time, when PET/CT and or Genetic testing is used to aid in your diagnosis, oncologists change their initial treatment plan, it is clear that giving yourself the most accurate diagnosis that medical science has to offer will not just save you time and unnecessary treatments and stress, but will allow your Oncologist to confidently order you the treatment that you truly most need.
Of all steps in Precision Oncology, the accuracy of your diagnosis is the absolute, most important, first step.
Genetic testing panels and detailed imaging scans, such a PET/CT and PET/MRI provide significantly greater accuracy and lead to greater overall survival rates and significantly fewer treatment side effects.
Pillar 2: Personalized Research
Once we have confirmation of what is causing your cancer, then our research scientists conduct many hours (usually 30+) of personalized research, specific to your body, your inherited genetics, your lifestyle and your cancer genetics, to identify the best possible treatment options for you anywhere in the world.
We present his information to you in both a written report with clear treatment recommendations and in direct consultation, where you can take as much time as you need to ask all your questions.
Pillar 3: Targeted Treatment Options
We coordinate with your Oncologist and ensure they have confidence in this information and we help them, as necessary, to access the treatments that you have chosen. Every single treatment recommendation that we present to you and your Oncologist is guaranteed to be showing better results than your current treatment plan and standard care options.
And we back this up with detailed medical journal references, giving your and your Oncologist the confidence you need to amend their initial treatment plan and follow your personalized treatment plan.
Targeted therapies are excellent because they only kill the cells carrying the mutation they are designed to target – that means only the cancerous cells die, leaving your healthy cells to flourish and help you recover.
Because of how they work, targeted therapies provide greater overall survival rates and significantly fewer side effects than standard chemotherapy and radiation.
Pillar 4: Ongoing Treatment Monitoring
We help to give you greater peace of mind, throughout your treatment process, with the use of ongoing treatment monitoring in the form of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) tests, also known as Liquid Biopsies. This ensures your treatment is working as well as it should. Liquid biopsies also allow us, if need be, to make rapid adjustments to your treatment protocol. We also use these liquid biopsy blood tests after your treatment is complete to provide you with continued reassurance, year after year, that all is well.