Genomic medicine is patient diagnosis and treatment based on information about a person’s entire DNA sequence. Variants in the DNA sequence determine the differences between us as individuals, and differences between types of cells (eg tumour cells and non-tumour cells).
Genomic cancer medicine involves using the latest genome sequencing approaches to look at the genetics of the cancer, rather than treating it based on where it is growing in the body (e.g. breast, colon, skin).
This allows us to understand inherited cancer risk and find more effective treatments for people with cancer.