Cancer is a genetic disease, which means it is caused by changes in the DNA that control the way cells function, especially how they grow and divide. These changes may be inherited, but the majority arise randomly during the life of a person, whether as a result of errors that occur when cells divide or from exposure to external carcinogen agents that damage the DNA.
What is precision oncology and what is its purpose?
Precision Oncology involves the search for genetic alterations of tumours that are predictive of response to an approved treatment or in an experimental phase. Each person's cancer has a unique combination of mutations. Knowledge of these mutations can help determine a personalised treatment plan by selecting therapies that are more likely to respond. At Quironsalud Levante, we offer our patients the possibility of benefiting from precision oncology through different genomic platforms adapted to the needs of each case. Personalised oncology goes beyond performing a genetic test on the tumour. Precision oncology makes more sense and is more efficient when it is integrated into the therapeutic and evolutionary context of each particular case. The objective of this process is therefore to make a personalised therapeutic recommendation with the highest probability of success taking into account the oncological history of the patient and other factors.
How can I opt for precision oncology?
If you have been diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, stage 4, please contact us. At Quirónsalud Levante, we will evaluate your case in a multidisciplinary committee to determine if you will benefit from a genomic test and if so which one. You can contact us or the physician who is treating you. It can be done in person or remotely. You must provide a complete report of your oncological history, including copies of radiological assessments and path lab reports. If a genomic test is indicated, a biopsy of the metastatic disease must be provided or in lieu a blood sample must be obtained. The samples are analysed in the laboratory and the results are obtained within 1-2 weeks.