Prospects and Pitfalls of Personalizing Therapies for Sarcomas: From Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults to the Elderly
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- Subbiah, V. Curr Oncol Rep (2014) 16: 401. doi:10.1007/s11912-014-0401-5
Sarcomas are a heterogeneous class of tumors that affect all ages, from children, adolescents, and young adults to the elderly. Within this panoply of tumor subtypes lies the opportunity to bring to bear a vision of personalized medicine in which the fast-paced evolution from the “one gene, one test, one drug” approach to a comprehensive “panomic,” multiplex, multianalyte method coupled with advances in bioinformatics platforms can unravel the biology of this disease. The increasingly enlarging repertoire of novel agents provides innumerable prospects in precision medicine. Personalized therapy covers the entire spectrum of cancer care, from risk factor assessment through prevention, risk reduction, therapy, follow-up after therapy, and survivorship care. Challenges remain in implementing the science of precision medicine in the clinic, including providing comprehensive multidisciplinary care and overcoming regulatory and economic hurdles, which must be facilitated within the collaborative framework of academia, industry, federal regulators, and third-party payers.