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Tucson Symposium attracts over 450 global scientists focused on personalized healthcare
Date:3/8/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For millions of patients, personalized healthcare, or fitting the right treatments to patients based on an individual's particular genetic make-up, means the difference between life and death. Our expanding knowledge of disease mechanisms and individual genetic variation, along with advanced testing technologies enables physicians to provide more precise diagnoses and targeted treatments for all patients, especially cancer patients.

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), whose mission is to improve the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer, has been on the leading edge of the personalized healthcare revolution. Hosting the ninth annual Tucson Symposium--attended by over 450 of the world's top scientists, physicians and thought leaders in the field of pathology and oncology--underscores their deep commitment to setting entirely new standards for patient care.

The 2013 Symposium will focus on the latest advancements in personalized healthcare including new technologies that enhance patient diagnosis, understanding mechanisms of disease resistance, and the pathology of DNA repair— along with the latest findings in specific types of cancers including colon, breast, lung, prostate, cervical, ovarian, and melanoma.

"It becomes increasingly evident effective cancer treatment requires the use of particularly powerful combinations of cancer drugs. But which of the many possible drug combinations should be used for the treatment of an individual patient?

Recent developments in genetic technologies have greatly expedited the search for powerful drug combinations in oncology. This holds great promise for the future treatment of cancer," says Rene Bernards, Professor of Molecular Carcinogenesis at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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