Check Your Health: The future of individualized cancer care

Cancer Care
(KUTV) — Cancer care is becoming more and more personalized. Researchers are beginning to understand how genomics, specifically DNA mutations, can be used to treat cancer and help patients live longer.

“The future of cancer care is genomics. At this point, we started off with patients who have run out of options and help them live longer when they wouldn’t have lived longer otherwise,” said Dr. Terence Rhodes, MD, PhD the Director of Immuno-Oncology at Intermountain Healthcare.

Moving forward they’re hoping to find a way to help even more people including those with early stage cancer and even before.

“We’re looking actively into doing research that helps us to detect cancer before it is even found on a scan,” Rhodes said.

Intermountain’s brand new comprehensive cancer center – set to open this fall on the campus of Dixie Regional Medical Center – will allow both doctors and researchers a place to work together under the same roof.

“We’ve designed the space so they’re motivated to interact with each other, brainstorm together, and solve problems for patients,” said Gary Stone, Executive Director of Precision Health at Intermountain Healthcare.

“Hopefully at some point, we’ll never have to use chemotherapy. Hopefully at some point, radiation therapy will be used much less frequently at lower doses, and then we’ll be able to us our therapies like targeted therapy and immunotherapy,” Rhodes said.

In addition to cancer care, the new center’s precision genomics program will provide both treatment and wellness options for a variety of illnesses including depression and how medicine is prescribed as well as cardiovascular health.

“Precision health, which I think we’re most excited about, is how we can help you prevent disease through your genome and individualized plans to your wellness,” Stone said.

Save the date! The grand opening celebration for the entire Dixie Regional expansion project is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th.

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