Ensuring Equitable Access to Next-generation Sequencing in Oncology

From Contract Pharma by Gang Song, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder, Pillar Biosciences

Recent advances in sequencing techniques have transformed cancer treatment.

In recent years, next-generation sequencing techniques have revolutionized approaches to cancer therapy and care. Personalized medicine, also known as precision medicine, can make cancer treatment more effective, with fewer side effects. Precision medicine is an approach to disease prevention and treatment that seeks to maximize effectiveness by considering individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Personalized medicine includes targeted therapy and pharmacogenomics.

New targeted therapy approvals are happening at a fast pace, but a growing number of patients are still given chemotherapy instead of personalized therapies as a first-line treatment. Despite all these advancements, not all patients have access to personalized treatment. To enable effective adoption of precision oncology in cancer treatment, next-generation sequencing is necessary.

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