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Check Your Health: Advancing cancer treatment with Precision Genomics

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Advancing cancer treatment with Precision Genomics (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Larry Gabriel thought as an active 40-something doctor, he was a healthy adult. He didn’t think there was anything wrong with him, but the results of a routine physical said otherwise.

“There was a microscopic blood in the urine and it led to a series of tests which revealed that I had cancer,” Gabriel sai.

Utterly shocked, he began treatment. This included multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and even tried vaccines for other diseases. Unfortunately, treatment made him feel worse, not better.

“He was sort of running out of options,” said Dr. Lincoln Nadauld, Executive Director of Precision Medicine and Precision Genomics at Intermountain Healthcare.

That’s when he turned to precision genomics.

“It’s a different way of looking at cancer. Rather than saying you have kidney cancer, it’s saying you have a mutation in this gene that’s causing your kidney cancer,” Gabriel said.

Nadauld was able to perform some tests where they found some genes that were mutated in his cancer that suggested a certain treatment might work for him. The treatment was a specific type of chemotherapy backed up with radiation.

AND IT WORKED

“His disease not only shrunk but completely disappeared. He had a very unusual outcome and is now disease free,” Nadauld said.

Gabriel gives Nadauld and Intermountain credit for saving his life.


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