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New Gene Therapy ‘Precisely’ Targets Cancer

Chemotherapy is often used to treat cancer, but it brings difficult side effects. Now a new therapy, called “precision medicine,” aims to treat cancer by tailoring cancer treatment to a person’s unique genetic profile.

Cancer is one of the world’s most feared diseases, and with good reason: It’s the leading cause of death across the globe.

Every year, about 14 million people are diagnosed withcancer. That’s roughly the population of Los AngelesMany are treated with powerful medicines, using chemotherapy. But the side effects can be as difficult as the disease. Others have surgery to combat the disease.

In the U.S., it is the leading cause of death for men and women aged 40- to 79-years-old, reports the American Cancer Society.

But a new therapy that works with an individual’s genes is on the horizonsays cancer expert William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Nelson is director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. It is ranked as one of America’s top cancer research facilities, according to the National Cancer Institute

Precision medicine” is a new field of medicine that works with an individual’s “variations in genes, environment and lifestyle,” reports the National Institutesof Health (NIH). NIH is a federal research center for medicine in Bethesda,Maryland.

It is a fast-growing area of medicine. Nelson said almost every U.S. hospital and health care center is promoting precision medicine as a service.

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