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Precision Medicine

Precision medicine (also known as personalized medicine) uses information about a person’s genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. Precision medicine includes the use of biomarkers, molecular testing, and targeted therapies to deliver a personalized approach to cancer therapy through the use of molecular and genomic information about individual cancers. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines precision medicine as “discovering unique therapies that treat an individual’s cancer based on the specific abnormalities of their tumor.”

As the precision medicine landscape evolves, ACCC supports the multidisciplinary cancer care team with resources in the following areas:

Virtual Molecular Tumor Boards Webinar Series Molecular Testing in the Community Setting Testing And Treating ALK+ Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Improving Multidisciplinary Team Communication Institute for Clinical Immuno-oncology (ICLIO)
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