How Does Genomic Testing Help Physicians Make Better Treatment Decisions?

Dr. Bevan-Thomas discusses genomic testing

174318220Genomic testing assays, like the Oncotype DX test, help physicians treat patients because it gives them a wider range of information.

Certainly with cancer and in particular prostate cancer, knowledge is power. The more knowledge that physicians know about a tumor, the better chance they can make an informed decision based on this information.

The challenge that physicians have with prostate cancer nowadays is that prostate cancer can be either a lower grade, intermediate, or a higher grade tumor. The more that physicians know about that tumor, the better chance that we can actually make a decision and provide peace of mind.

For more, watch Dr. Bevan-Thomas in this video.

Video Transcript

Richard Bevan-Thomas MD: The Oncotype DX test helps me treat patients because it gives me more information.  Certainly with cancer and in particular prostate cancer, knowledge is power.  The more knowledge we know about this tumor, the better chance is we can make an informed decision based on this.  The challenge that we have with prostate cancer nowadays is that prostate cancer can be either a lower grade, intermediate, or a higher grade tumor. 

The more that we know about that tumor, the better chance that we can actually make a decision based on whether this is a patient we can follow closely, can it be a patient that we can follow with active surveillance, is this a patient that we need to be more aggressive with and consider some type of immediate intervention, so the Oncotype DX again goes down into the real details and the nitty-gritty of the genes about really how well and how well would that patient respond if we try to follow them closely, or is this again a patient that we need to be more aggressive with.

 


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