Oct. 29, 2021

Biomarker Testing for Better Treatments

Biomarker Testing for Better Treatments

No two patients are the same, so often care teams can’t predict a treatment outcome from one patient to the next. That’s where biomarker testing comes in: the first step in personalized medicine. 

Biomarker tests help physicians identify specific treatment options a patient will respond to best based on biologic factors. The problem?  The testing isn’t accessible for all patients. 

Hilary Gee Goeckner of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network shares why biomarker testing is so critical, the health equity implications, and how to expand access through policy. Plus, Alecia Mandal shares how biomarker testing allowed her to receive immunotherapy for her colorectal cancer, which she credits to her current health. 

Hosts: 

Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent, Patients Rising

Guests:

Hilary Gee Goeckner, Senior State and Local Campaigns Manager - Medicaid, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Alecia Mandal, colorectal cancer advocate

Melissa Strader, Patient Correspondent

Links:

FDA approves Cyltezo as first interchangeable biosimilar for inflammatory disease

Share Your Story About Precision Medicine and Biomarker Testing

State Policy Principles to Support Access to Biomarker Testing

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