Recommendations for streamlining precision medicine in breast cancer care in Latin America.
Journal – cancer reports
Article type – Journal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – May – 2021
Authors – Alvarado-Cabrero I, Doimi F, Ortega V, de Oliveira Lima JT, Torres R, Torregrosa L
Keywords – Breast Cancer, CDx, companion diagnostics, Latin America, medicine, precision
Open access – Yes
Speciality – General surgery, Surgical oncology
World region Central America, South America
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on May 17, 2021 at 2:00 am
The incidence of breast cancer (BC) in LMICs has increased by more than 20% within the last decade. In areas such as Latin America (LA), addressing BC at national levels evoke discussions surrounding fragmented care, limited resources, and regulatory barriers. Precision Medicine (PM), specifically companion diagnostics (CDx), links disease diagnosis and treatment for better patient outcomes. Thus, its application may aid in overcoming these barriers.
A panel of LA experts in fields related to BC and PM were provided with a series of relevant questions to address prior to a multi-day conference. Within this conference, each narrative was edited by the entire group, through numerous rounds of discussion until a consensus was achieved. The panel proposes specific, realistic recommendations for implementing CDx in BC in LA and other LMIC regions. In these recommendations, the authors strived to address all barriers to the widespread use and access mentioned previously within this manuscript.
This manuscript provides a review of the current state of CDx for BC in LA. Of most importance, the panel proposes practical and actionable recommendations for the implementation of CDx throughout the Region in order to identify the right patient at the right time for the right treatment.
OSI Number – 21085