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Lance Armstrong and the future of cancer care

Chicago, Ill. - Lance Armstrong is a unique phenomenon. He's a talented athlete, a cancer survivor, and a political activist. He is in a league by himself. Or is he?

As many people know, survivors of cancer are much more common today. A recent National Center for Health Stat......

Full article >>> mputerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound (U/S), mammography, and others - have completely revolutionized cancer care. With most cancers, earlier detection and diagnosis means more localized disease.

There are two implications to earlier and more localized disease: the disease has a higher chance of being cured and surgical options generally figure more larg......

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The mechanism of action of these newer drugs is not on inhibiting cell growth in general (with moderate levels of differentiation between cancerous and normal cells) but rather on affecting specific functions and pathways unique to cancer cells.

Even though these ......

Full article >>> rsonalized medicine has likely also favorably impacted cancer death rates.

The implications of personalized medicine for cancer care are still being understood. Apart from the improvements in survival as suggested above, one absolutely critical impact is on how clinical trials for cancer are designed and constructed.

As therapies become more personalized, the patient pool corresp......

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As implied earlier and in other columns, we may also be amid an inflection point in business models for biotech and medical technology in which patients and patient-care groups become increasingly involved in the expensive financing of such technologies.

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