Dr. Davendra Sohal says if there’s a new treatment worth testing, he’ll try it.
The associate professor at the University of Cincinnati and medical oncologist with UC Health who specializes in personalized medicine and clinical trials for gastrointestinal cancers says experimental therapies are the hope for better treatments tomorrow.
“Clinical trials come in all shapes and sizes,” Sohal says. “We just have to find the right fit for each individual patient.”
Personalized medicine, sometimes called precision medicine, holds great promise in cancer treatment. Since there are so many variants to cancer — truly, no two tumors are alike — Sohal says his team at UC, as well as researchers across the globe, are focusing on tailoring treatments to the individual, while also looking for other, novel treatments to add to the list of choices.
“It’s like a menu in a restaurant,” he says. “We are moving away from the prix fixe menu, standard of care for every patient, and are moving toward an a la carte menu, where we select different methods of treatment based on the individual tumor genes.”