Web Exclusive: Predictive Markers Match Patients to Treatment

CURE, Winter 2008, Volume 7, Issue 5

Predictive markers help oncologists match patients with the most effective treatments.

Examining a patient’s tumor for predictive markers allows oncologists to know ahead of time whether the tumor is likely to respond to the therapy being considered. Even among patients with the same type of cancer, responses can vary considerably, not only in terms of the drug’s impact on the tumor, but also in terms of the severity of side effects experienced by a patient.

Read "Powers of Prediction" in CURE's Fall 2007 issue for more on predictive markers.