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Previous editions of EJC News Focus

  • November 2011
    Gordon Mills assesses the challenges we face in developing personalised medicine.
  • October 2011
    Richard Sullivan explains why the spiralling rise in healthcare costs associated with cancer is unsustainable.
  • September 2011
    Anne-Lise Borresen-Dale discusses key themes to emerge at the European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress in Stockholm.
  • August 2011
    Jean-Charles Soria, EJC's Drug Development Editor, on the need for a new consensus on assessing toxicities.
  • July 2011
    EJC editor-in-chief Alexander Eggermont on recent advances in melanoma treatment.
  • June 2011
    Jean-Yves Blay discusses how EORTC is adapting to the new environment for research.
  • April/May 2011
    Cora Sternberg reveals exciting developments in the treatment of prostate cancer.
  • March 2011
    EJC's editor for gastrointestinal cancers, Eric van Cutsem, discusses the disappointing findings of recent trials of bevacizumab in colon cancer
  • February 2011
    Michel Coleman from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine discusses a comparison of cancer survival rates in different countries.
  • January 2011
    Jan Willem Coebergh discusses a paper relating to the NELSON lung cancer trial.

EJC News Focus – September 2011

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Personalised medicine is set to be one of the key themes at the forthcoming European Multidisciplinary Congress (Stockholm, Sweden; 23-27 September, 2011).

In this month’s EJC News Focus, Scientific Co-Chair Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale discusses progress made so far, but also explores the limitations of current approaches.

One fundamental problem, she says, is that genomic analysis is conducted on tissue samples removed by surgery, rather than on cancer cells in vivo. She outlines a vision for the future in which a patient’s cancer genome could be elucidated from a simple scan.