This testing is a wonderful development because it focuses on the DNA of cancer patients which allows treatment to be personalized instead of treating everyone the same way depending on their diagnosis.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley unveiled plans to give more cancer patients access to tests that screen their DNA.
The aim is to make the most of recent advances that enable cancer treatments to be tailored to individuals.
Increasingly, targeted drugs are being developed that work in small sub-groups of patients with specific genetic profiles. Future genetic tests will also show if a patient is more likely to respond to one treatment or another.
Mr Lansley said: "The new developments can help patients to get the best treatments to improve their chances of survival and their quality of life. We want to make sure that all patients can benefit from these tests - as soon as the tests are recommended by Nice (National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence). We have therefore been working to establish a new system to ensure speedy introduction of high quality tests. This is the way forward for the future."
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