UW Medicine: Targeting Cancer, Precisely

UW Medicine: Targeting Cancer, Precisely


This year, 600,000 people in the U.S. will
die from cancer, and 1.7 million more will be diagnosed with the disease. And doctors and researchers at UW Medicine
aren’t just searching for the cure. We’re searching for the cures. That’s because each tumor, like each person,
is unique. Cancer develops when abnormal cells mutate,
divide and grow out of control. And there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all
cure. So how do we work toward finding cures? We make treatment more personalized. More precise. We run biopsies from clinical trial patients
through a high-capacity screening machine. By quickly testing tumors against a range
of drugs and compounds, our goal is to find the most effective treatment for each patient. So far the results are very promising, but
our work is far from done. Even if cancer goes into remission, it often
comes back. It mutates, evolves, grows drug-resistant. That’s why researchers are also looking at
each patient’s body at a molecular level, asking crucial questions that help us search
for more ways to take out cancer. And, they’re mapping each treatment to each
patient’s unique makeup. It’s big data with a big purpose. And someday, it will help doctors compare
new patients’ tumors to a complex database of potential solutions and find the personalized
treatment most likely to save lives.