Soft Tissue Sarcoma Tumor Molecular Profiling
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Video: Molecular TestingDr. Ritwick Panicker, a medical oncologist and hematologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, explains molecular testing and how it enables doctors to personalize cancer treatment.
Dr. Ritwick Panicker, a medical oncologist and hematologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, explains molecular testing and how it enables doctors to personalize cancer treatment.
Tumor Molecular Profiling for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Should chemotherapy be a part of your individualized treatment plan at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), our goal is to find the appropriate options to treat your soft tissue sarcoma tumor. With over 50 different types of soft tissue sarcomas, in addition to the various stages and grades the tumors can represent, tumor molecular profiling can assist your doctors in finding the right chemotherapy drug, or mixture of drugs, for your needs.
Tumor molecular profiling is used for solid tumors to help determine the probability of a tumor’s response to specific chemotherapy drugs. Each of the many soft tissue sarcoma types responds differently to chemotherapy, and some do not respond at all. This makes soft tissue sarcoma tumor molecular profiling an important part of designing your personalized treatment plan at CTCA.
First, your doctor will carefully remove a sample of the tumor as a part of a biopsy or resection surgery. Then, your doctor will test for a variety of biomarkers on the sample to determine which drug (or drugs) may work best to kill the cancer cells that make up your soft tissue sarcoma tumor.
Advantages of Tumor Molecular Profiling for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
By testing the soft tissue sarcoma chemotherapy drugs outside of the body, your care team can determine whether the drugs will work if administered, thereby avoiding unnecessary toxicity to you. This test also helps your CTCA care team determine the best combinations of chemotherapy to use for your particular type of soft tissue sarcoma.
Tumor molecular profiling is also useful when exploring targeted drug therapies for soft tissue sarcoma.
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