Hype over genetic cancer treatments questioned

One of Australia's most respected medical specialists has raised the alarm about hyped-up promises of genetic cures for cancer and other diseases.

The hype has the potential to do more harm than good, says Professor Robyn Ward (pictured), Director of Cancer Services at Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW.

People with serious illnesses are reading and being told on TV that their genetic information is going to revolutionise their care.

However, the last time cancer treatment was truly transformed was in the late 1990s with the