Precision medicine or “targeted therapy” is said to be the pathway to improved cancer treatment.
In fact, UC San Francisco recently opened a $275-million cancer center which is set to provide adult patients with immunotherapy, genetic counseling, molecular profiling of tumors, fully integrated clinical trials, and advanced imaging.
The Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building, part of the university's Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, focuses on a range of cancer services including medical care provided by surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists who work with an expanded care team to support the whole patient and their family with specialized psychosocial support, cancer specific nutrition expertise, hereditary cancer care, and wellness programs such as exercise counseling.
Jeremy Schafer, PharmD, MBA, senior vice president, director, Access Experience, Precision for Value, views precision medicine as a potential game-changer. Here, Schafer offers four ways that he believes precision medicine will change cancer treatment: