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Towards Personalised Pathology Through Tissue Phenomics®

Sep 14, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Path to personalised medicine

Pathology is one of the main driving forces behind personalised or precision medicine. In fact it has always striven towards the accurate diagnosis and prognosis of a patient’s disease through the observation of tissue architecture under the microscope. Through the application of international staging guidelines, such as the Tissue, Node, Metastasis (TNM) system in the majority of cancers, pathologists are very good at predicting prognosis at the population scale but not so good at predicting a prognosis for the individual patient. For example, if a patient presents with stage II colorectal cancer (CRC) they are predicted to have 20-30% chance of succumbing to their disease. However, it is currently difficult to accurately identify if an individual patient will be within that 20-30% group.

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