Barcode for Life – Research into the individualized treatment of cancer
Since the establishment of the foundation the goal has been to support cancer research aimed at the treatments of cancer more effectively and with fewer side effects. The only goal of our foundation: ‘More healing of cancer patients, and less side effects from the treatment’. We aim to achieve this goal by supporting the Center for Personalized Cancer Treatment.
Center For Personalized Cancer Treatment
In 2010, 3 of the largest cancer treatment centers in the Netherlands decided to join forces with respect to the DNA-focused cancer research into the Center for Personalized Cancer Treatment. The Dutch Cancer institution Antoni van Leeuwenhoekziekenhuis, the Erasmus MC/Daniel den Hoedkliniek and the UMC Utrecht are aiming to create an institute that will be considered as the world leader in the personalized treatment of cancer.
The number of participating hospitals has expanded greatly. With the support of Barcode for Life, the CPCT is dedicated to the development of personalized treatment of cancer patients, with the goal that in the future every cancer patient can be offered a tailor-made treatment.
Take a look at the videos below to meet:
Research makes it possible, over time, to ascertain for each individual patient which medication and/or treatment method offers the best chances of success in his or her individual case. A so called more effective, individual treatment of cancer. The Barcode for Life foundation is committed to this research.
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Currently in the treatment of cancer, the view is taken on the average cancer patient. In practice this means that the treatment of, for example lung cancer or breast cancer, is effective on some of the patients and for others it is not. All patients however do have to deal with the side effects of the treatment. Each (sort) of cancer has different characteristics, with each patient. In order to treat cancer as well as possible, it seems more than logical to take the individual view point and not the average cancer patient as is common place now. Not a generic approach but a direct approach.
An impossible task? No!
The CPCT is hard at work to make it possible to treat cancer more effectively and individually. Every patient will soon be given a tailor-made treatment plan, which will have the best possible treatment for them. Thereby they will not be exposed to unnecessary side effects of the ‘general treatment’.
The mission of the CPCT
The CPCT wants to offer each patient a personalized treatment against cancer which is based on the genetic characteristics of the patient’s tumor. In this way they aim to avoid using ineffective treatments.
The 3 core activities of the CPCT:
1. Identification of the known genetical changes in the DNA of the individual tumor. This serves as the guiding line for the treatment of the cancer.
2. Research into new genetic abnormalities that can predict the efficiency of a treatment
3. Conducting clinical scientific research wherein (new) medicines are test on selected patients
The mission of the CPCT:
• To ensure that each individual cancer can be analyzed
• Every patient is given a treatment which is more effective than nowadays
• Every patients is less exposed to unnecessary side effects from medication which do not work for their specific cancer
• Cancer becomes partly classified as a chronic illness
Start with videos here, of the CPCT and learn more about:
• The members of the taskforce (Prof. Dr. Emile Voest, Prof. dr. René Bernards)
• Annemiek, who is one of the patients
Learn more about Annemiek.
Groundbreaking research by the CPCT
Barcode for Life helps the CPCT in realizing its goal of an more effective and individual treatment of cancer. The current technology makes it possible to read the genetic characteristics (DNA) of both normal cells but also of tumor cells. This DNA analysis is capable of predicting, for a large part, how the different forms of cancer will develop, and which DNA changes are the cause of the tumor growth.
This is an important and extraordinary step forward in the treatment of cancer. With the information as to why the cancer developed, and its growth, it is possible to select the appropriate medicine to treat with. Every patient is given a treatment plan, tailor-made, and therefore exposure to unnecessary side effects of generic treatment is no longer a regular occurrence.
This high-tech DNA research into the personal cure of cancer is carried out in the Netherlands by the Center for Personalized Cancer Treatment (CPCT). By combining and centralizing of the tasks of the research it is possible to create a standardized research method, meaning the personal cure of cancer can be realized quicker. That again is important in again to be able to carry out sufficient clinical trials to achieve concrete results.
United States of America
Of course, the Netherlands is not the only leader in this research. In the United States research is also being done on the DNA of tumors. In the treatment of cancer, this type of research is seen as being so important, that the American Cancer Institute has made one third of its budget available to support this type of scientific research. The CPCT explicitly encourages the exchange of research results with other countries and has concrete agreements with internationally recognized research centers for the exchange of scientists as well as the distribution of certain specific research areas.
General information regarding cancer research
Check out at the video below ‘Looking at cancer’, which offers a short trip into the world of cancer research in the Netherlands. Inge Diepman, and three cancer researches of the UMC Utrecht, the NKI-AvL and the Hubrecht Institute show how cancer cells develop and how with advanced technology, this initial development and the spread of cancer can be studied.
Take a look www.kanker.nl , an initiative of the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF), the patient movement ‘Levenmetkanker’ and IKNL (which is an institute for oncological and palliative care). They have joined together to offer reliable information, experiences and offers of support regarding cancer in one place.