The event brought together patients, policy-makers, researchers and the industry to discuss the importance of biomarkers for people with cancer, and the necessary actions needed to make precision medicine in cancer a reality across Europe.
Cancer biomarkers are molecules that are usually produced by cancer cells and that can be detected in bodily fluids or tissues. They can identify people who have cancer or who are at risk of getting cancer. Biomarker testing helps to identify the “Achilles’ heel” of different types of cancer, ensuring that the right person receives the right treatment at the right time.
The event served also as a launch platform for the ECPC educational video on biomarkers, which will be made available on the ECPC website in January 2018.
The ECPC, through its President and co-founder, Prof. Francesco De Lorenzo, called for more progress to be made towards a harmonised and more efficient regulatory framework which will increase access to and potentially reduce the cost of biomarker testing.
Participants also highlighted the need for increased access and decreased waiting times for high-quality biomarker testing to make personalised healthcare more of a reality.
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