Top cancer advances 2009


Each year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology releases a report that pinpoints the top advances in cancer treatment, prevention and screening. This year, ASCO identified 15 key advances in four areas.  Here is a brief outline of these findings (for fuller coverage, check out  Cure Today)


1. Advances in Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapies

Multiple trials this year demonstrated that oncology is no longer “one size fits all” medicine. Rather, increased understanding of the biology of cancer is enabling researchers to develop highly targeted drugs and personalized treatment regimens for patients.

2. New Standards of Care

Results from several long-awaited clinical trials this year affirmed the superiority of certain treatment regimens for biliary, lung, and prostate cancers.

3. Cancer Prevention and Screening

This year, findings from large trials shed new light on widely used cancer detection, monitoring and prevention tools.

4. Large Trials Settle Key Debates in Colon, Breast Cancer Treatment

The results of two closely watched studies settled major debates in the treatment of colon and breast cancers.

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