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202 The Potential of Precision Oncology

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‘With the advancements in genomic technologies and tumor profiling, it is now possible to identify targetable alterations, leading to actionable results.’

Jeffrey Seitz, CEO PHIX Genomics

Exploring the possibilities of the latest developments in cancer treatment.

20 years of development in genomics is now making it possible to explain why a treatment may work for one patient but not for every patient. Innovative, cutting edge technologies and breakthroughs in DNA testing allow clinicians to identify mutations in a patient’s tumor which have led to new cancer treatments. This is called Precision Oncology. This new approach uses the most advanced genomic diagnostics and treatment protocols that produce:

  • More accurate results
  • Fewer and less severe side effects
  • Better understanding of the aggressiveness of a tumor
  • Potential for tumor regression

Besides these important benefits for patients and enabling doctors to provide better treatments, Precision Oncology also provides opportunities for using fewer medicines and faster cures, ultimately reducing the costs of healthcare. The promise of Precision Oncology provides us with a double-edged sword.

The promise of Precision Oncology.

‘Precision Oncology is a tool that is available to you now. No longer do we refer to Precision Oncology as an application of the future. How are you going to make it happen for your patients? ‘

Key concepts covered include:

A sound foundation of knowledge in Precision Oncology:

  1. You can explain the development and technical aspects of Precision Oncology.
  2. You are able to interpret and decide what considerations to make before testing.
  3. You can choose what types of tests to use:
    • Companion Diagnostics
    • Targeted Panels
    • Comprehensive Genomic Profiling
  4. You can describe the whole diagnostic process.
  5. You can recognize and discuss the limitations and drawbacks of applying genomics in your daily practice.

How will you learn?

The course includes film, animation, exercises, and quizzes to help you embed learning and to deepen understanding of the key concepts. There are knowledge checks where you take the role of a practicing doctor, with expert comments afterward, so you can learn from the experts in the field.
In the bonus lesson at the end you will find extra material, such as links to additional information, a glossary, and the sources of the videos and images of third parties.


The course will end with a final quiz, which will give you a certificate of participation.
It is a mandatory training to certify for the curricula of the PHIX Genomics Academy.

This course gives you a sound base of knowledge, necessary to take course 302 ‘Cancer Genomic Diagnostics in Practice’. In ‘Cancer Genomic Diagnostics in Practice’ you will go deeper into the various treatment options and learn about the necessary steps to introduce and practice Precision Oncology in your own practice.

Participants investment

This course will take approximately 45 minutes for the basic theory and quizzes. There are links to extra information and videos at the end of this course, in the bonus lesson, which you can follow for deeper knowledge and understanding of Precision Oncology.

Required knowledge

To follow this course it is recommended that you have already completed:

  • Course 101 Genomics in modern-day healthcare, to be familiar with basic terminology and theory.
  • Course 102 Oncology Genetics.


This course is developed and owned by PHIX Genomics Inc., inspired by its’ mission to bring genomic innovations to the Philippines and SE Asia.

Ready to continue working on your career?

– Click on lesson 1 below to start the course.
– You can pause any time you want, go forward or back at your own choice.
– When you feel you are happy with the material and ideas covered in a step, please ‘Mark as complete’. You can then click ‘Next Lesson’ to continue or return to earlier lessons.
– You can always come back to a step even after the end of the course.
– The final quiz at the end is the only quiz, which you have to pass with at least 70% correct answers. This will be explained at the end of the course.