Five promising therapies
Five promising therapies

Effective treatments, which are increasingly targeted and personalised, are emerging. We take a closer look.

By Bertrand Beauté

Chemotherapy. Radiation therapy. Surgery. For a long time, all cancer patients received more or less the same treatment. However, "cancers develop as a result of genetic changes that are specific to each individual. All cancers are therefore different," explains Pierre‑Alexis François, portfolio manager at Thematics Asset Management. With the advent of sequencing technology, doctors can now analyse the genome of each patient’s cancer cells and adapt treatment accordingly.

"Our long‑term goal is to achieve highly personalised treatment, especially with immunotherapy," says Professor Olivier Michielin, Chair of the Department of Oncology and the Precision Oncology Service at Geneva University Hospitals (HUG).

A word of warning: these new, more personalised and targeted treatments do not replace the old methods. "Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are inescapable," says Rose Nguyen, investment manager at Baillie Gifford. "New treatments, such as immunotherapy, are administered as a complement."

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