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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in the news

This news item comes from San Antonio, Texas, and is pretty amazing.
Genetic tissue testing leads to 'personalized' cancer treatment - from KENS, Channel 5 in San Antonio. Tara Hernandez of Kerrville, TX has had 14 years wearing ACC, and thanks to genetic profiling conducted by START (South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics), Ms. Hernandez has undergone 'experimental pill therapy', resulting in '60% to 70% regression of her tumor.'

I can't wait to learn more about her treatment - wonder if the ACCRF would have more information about which drug she received that shrunk her tumor??!? Ok, calm down - this is one patient, and one drug. One patient with one drug does not a cure make for everyone. But if the health care profession is truly going to personalized medicine, I want to get in line NOW and have my genome sequenced (or whatever the process is to identify my breed of ACC).  It would be wonderful to avoid waiting for that other shoe to drop in the decades ahead, really.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've heard tell of this type of treatment in labs. However, this is the first I've heard of it being used on a human.

Very cool. Thank you Cheeky for sharing.


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