Genomics and Cancer Treatment

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A woman who may need genomic testing for cancer treatment gazes into the distance.

By quickly and inexpensively sequencing an individual's entire genome, pathologists can identify mutations that cause particular types of cancer. This information helps doctors create custom treatments. This new capability is sometimes called precision medicine or personalized medicine. It has given rise to a new discipline within the medical field, genomic pathology—an area where Yale Medicine has exceptional expertise.