Genome sequencing promises new era in oncology
All children with cancer in England will be offered whole genome sequencing from this year in a move that will enable a more comprehensive and precise diagnosis and access to more personalised treatments.
NHS England’s long-term plan says that this will reduce the use of harmful drugs and interventions, support increased access to clinical trials, and reduce the number of young patients who have health problems caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Joanne Westbrook says…
“We welcome the introduction of genome sequencing for children with cancer, as anything that can reduce the risk of unnecessary treatment in children must be beneficial”.