The Burzynski Clinic take pride in offering the highest quality personalized care. Each patient receives personal attention of a medical team of physicians, nurses and clinicians during his/her entire treatment. Their supervision continues after the patient returns home and resumes care under their local physician until the treatment is completed.
Recent studies have shown a strong link between patient’s gene expression and the effectiveness of cancer treatments. The understanding that all cancers are associated with changes in the gene expression (activity) led to dramatic changes in the diagnosis and therapy of cancer, and to creation of personalized medicines.
Personalized treatment is based on identification of genes and surrounding pathways involved in the cancer of the individual patient and selection of targeted pharmaceuticals that selectively kill cancer cells carrying these abnormal genes or pathways. The identification of oncogenes (cancer-related genes) enables the doctors to assess patient’s response prognosis and to determine the most optimal combination of medications. The goal is to match the right patient with the right treatment to achieve maximum effectiveness with minimum side effects.
Gene-targeted medications selectively block the growth and spread of cancer without affecting the healthy cells. Targeted therapies interfere with cancer cell growth differently than cyto-toxic chemotherapy and at various points during the development, growth, and spread of the cancer. By switching off the signals that make cancer cells grow and divide uncontrollably, targeted cancer therapies can help stop the growth of cancer cells. Targeted medications have shown to be easier tolerated than standard chemotherapy and radiation with no side effect of minimal adverse reactions noted.
There are approximately 40 targeted therapeutics approved by the FDA (as of January 2011). This number grows rapidly with the advancement of the research in genomics. All of these FDA-approved targeted medications are available for treatment at the Burzynski Clinic.