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Personalized medicine in oncology: the future is now

Nature Reviews Drug Discovery volume 9, pages 363366 (2010) | Download Citation

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Cancer chemotherapy is in evolution from non-specific cytotoxic drugs that damage both tumour and normal cells to more specific agents and immunotherapy approaches. Targeted agents are directed at unique molecular features of cancer cells, and immunotherapeutics modulate the tumour immune response; both approaches aim to produce greater effectiveness with less toxicity. The development and use of such agents in biomarker-defined populations enables a more personalized approach to cancer treatment than previously possible and has the potential to reduce the cost of cancer care.

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  1. Richard L. Schilsky is at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 2115, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.  rschilsk@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu

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