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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center launches online genetic research tool
Date:3/4/2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has launched the nation's first personalized cancer decision support tool, "My Cancer Genome," to help physicians and researchers track the latest developments in personalized cancer medicine and connect with clinical research trials for their patients.

This web-based information tool (www.MyCancerGenome.org) is designed to quickly educate clinicians on the rapidly expanding list of genetic mutations that impact different cancers and, at the same time, enable them to more easily research various treatment options based on specific mutations.

My Cancer Genome is the latest addition to VICC's Personalized Cancer Medicine Initiative, which was unveiled last year.

"Next-generation, or genetically-informed cancer medicine, holds the promise of tailoring anti-cancer treatment according to individual patient tumor characteristics," said William Pao, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and director of Personalized Cancer Medicine at VICC.

"Staying abreast of these fast-paced research changes may be difficult for time-pressed oncologists and medical caregivers. In particular, knowledge about rare variants found in cancers may be hard to track down, especially in busy clinics. We launched this web-based tool to enable a genetically-informed approach to cancer medicine that we believe can be more efficient and effective."

With just a few clicks, users can get up-to-date information on the clinical significance of specific mutations.

Here's how it works: A doctor receives tumor profiling results from the lab that show a mutation in a specific gene. The doctor remembers a little about the gene, but hasn't seen that result very often, as it is relatively uncommon.

Instead of having to search through a great deal of literature, the physician can log on to VICC's My Cancer Genome tool and, within a few minutes, find t
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Contact: Dagny Stuart
dagny.stuart@vanderbilt.edu
615-936-7245
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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