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Int J Proteomics. 2012;2012:921901. doi: 10.1155/2012/921901. Epub 2012 May 22.

Cancer Phenotype Diagnosis and Drug Efficacy within Japanese Health Care.

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Department of Surgery, Tokyo Medical University, 6-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan.


An overview on targeted personalized medicine is given describing the developments in Japan of lung cancer patients. These new targeted therapies with novel personalized medicine drugs require new implementations, in order to follow and monitor drug efficacy and outcome. Examples from IRESSA (Gefitinib) and TARCEVA (Erlotinib) treatments used in medication of lung cancer patients are presented. Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer mortality in the world. The importance of both the quantification of disease progression, where diagnostic-related biomarkers are being implemented, in addition to the actual measurement of disease-specific mechanisms relating to pathway signalling activation of disease-progressive protein targets is summarised. An outline is also presented, describing changes and adaptations in Japan, meeting the rising costs and challenges. Today, urgent implementation of programs to address these needs has led to a rebuilding of the entire approach of medical evaluation and clinical care.

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