This miracle is changing how we fight cancer.
These are transformative days in cancer care. Advances in treatment are accelerating at astounding rates—breakthroughs are being pioneered in months instead of years, hours instead of days. The result is that for many people, cancer is not necessarily the death sentence it once was!
One important advancement today is genomic sequencing. This breakthrough is helping cancer centers in the United States—and the world—in ways heretofore unimagined.
What is genomic sequencing?
According to the National Cancer Institute, genomic sequencing is defined as a “laboratory method that is used to determine the entire genetic makeup of a specific organism or cell type.” With genomic sequencing, for many cancers, it is possible to look at a person’s DNA and identify the exact genes that mutated, that caused the cancer. Once those genes are identified, it may be possible to create a treatment plan targeting these genes, and to eradicate the cancer.
This approach is also called personalized medicine or precision medicine.
No longer do patients need to be treated by “what works for most people”—which has often been massive doses of a single chemotherapy drug. Through genomic sequencing, oncologists directly target the genetic mutations that are causing the cancer. In many cases they use a multi-drug treatment plan, often with lower doses of chemotherapy, making the treatment more effective and less toxic.
For many, the results have been astounding.
People who have been told their cancer was chronic, incurable and terminal are often achieving remission. Their cancer is not just being stablized; it is being eradicated!
We know. Our diagnosis was Liver Bile Duct Cancer Stage 4—incurable—with just a few years to live. Yet, a short time later our tumors were blackened and dying. Today we are cancer free, with no evidence of disease.
Positive results like this are breaking out around the globe through the use of genomic sequencing. A few years ago, there were just a handful of clinics who used it, but as clinical trials confirm the efficacy of this breakthrough, the evidence is re-shaping cancer care everywhere.
We are not doctors. We are simply patients and caregivers who found this approach life-saving and want to give you hope that there are treatments like this available today.
We had the opportunity to interview two experts about genomic sequencing, Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones and Dr. Razelle Kurzrock who are featured in the videos of this section. Here is what we learned from them:
- Cancer is a disease of the genes. Cancer is caused by aberrations (defects) in your genes. These defects are the drivers of cancer.
- Genomic sequencing can identify defective genes which may be causing your cancer. Genomic sequencing will search the billions of segments of your DNA chain to identify the drivers of your cancer.
- Everyone’s cancer is different.The characteristics of your tumors are unique to you. Thus, old standards of care which called for massive doses of a single chemotherapy (with devastating effect) are often being replaced by multi-drug therapies, which may have much lower toxicity than chemotherapy and are approved by the FDA.
- Multi-drug therapies can help defeat your cancer. Just as multi-drug therapies were the key to defeating tuberculosis and AIDS, they are now helping defeat cancer…both the cancer present in the body and killing the cancer at the source.
- Ask your oncologist about genomic sequencing in your fight against cancer. Genomic sequencing is sweeping the world of cancer care, but changes in medicine are slow to be adopted. Many oncologists feel most comfortable staying with traditional approaches. You should be sure that your cancer center offers the option of genomic sequencing.
The hope of new treatments like genomic sequencing
We are not recommending any clinic in particular. Nor are we saying that genomic sequencing will cure your cancer. Again, we are not doctors!
But we are saying that you owe it to yourself, and your family to investigate this breakthrough, to ask your oncologist about it, to see if it can help you in your fight against cancer.
You can also explore more through Foundation Medicine.
As we learned firsthand, finding medical breakthroughs is a critical part of hope on your cancer journey. And hope is what we want you to find. The purpose of Hope Has Arrived is to help you find hope, strength and peace against cancer.
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Note: We are not doctors and we cannot answer your medical questions. However, we welcome your questions about finding hope and knowing God.