18 Jun 2021Ended

Disparities in Precision Oncology: Identifying Barriers and Moving Toward Solutions


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Although more and more biomarker-informed therapies are being developed and launched on the market, not all patients have access to them due to .. Read more numerous barriers, among them difficulties accessing genetic testing, limited physician expertise, challenges setting up clinical trials in the community, and reimbursement pressures. In this panel, experts in the community treating underserved populations and tracking access challenges will discuss the difficulties they are seeing and the solutions they're working on to improve equity in precision oncology. Immune checkpoint inhibitors have proven to be an effective weapon against many solid tumors, but a large proportion of patients do not show a clinical benefit upon treatment. While studies have identified genomic or transcriptomic features responsible to some extent for the lack of response, major advancements in mass spectrometry-based proteomics have only recently enabled comprehensive functional analysis of the final gene products on an unprecedented scale, enabling quantitative and clinically relevant analysis of response mechanisms. In this webinar, Paolo A. Ascierto, MD of Italy’s National Tumor Institute and Kamil Sklodowski of Biognosys will elaborate on the promise of proteomics for addressing the unmet medical needs of melanoma patients undergoing immunotherapy. They will discuss data from a joint project in which cancer tissue samples from late-stage melanoma patients prior to treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors were analyzed using the Biognosys HRM discovery platform. They will share the clinical outcomes as well as the associated proteomic profiles of more than 8,500 identified and quantified proteins, providing a full picture of the capabilities of next-generation proteomics.

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