Understanding Cancer by Whole Genome Studies
Keywords: cancer, whole genome studies, bioethics, symposium
The National Center for Tumor Diseases – NCT Heidelberg was founded as an exceptional alliance between the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg University Hospital (UKL-HD), the Heidelberg Medical Faculty, and German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe). The NCT MASTER project is situated at the interface of cancer genomics and clinical oncology to provide comprehensive molecular profiling to selected patients with unmet medical need, and to evaluate the utility of such an approach for informing choices regarding targeted therapy based on the molecular characteristics of the individual cancer. This multidisciplinary initiative has implemented a standardized workflow for patient selection, sample processing, molecular and bioinformatic analysis, technical validation of individual findings, and reporting of results through a dedicated molecular tumor board. NCT’s overall aim is to provide optimal individualization of treatment decisions according to the specific needs of each individual patient by reaching across traditional disciplines and academic departments. PICTURE: Ludwig Köhler, Graues Kugelobjekt.