Interview with the Innovators

Multiple Myeloma and the MMRF CoMMpass Study: Revolutionizing Clinical Trial Data Dissemination A Panel Discussion With the Researchers

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) launched the CoMMpass study in 2011 to uncover the molecular segments and variations in multiple myeloma. This study, the cornerstone of the larger MMRF Personalized Medicine Initiative, is designed to profile multiple myeloma in a way that no other myeloma trial has attempted, by [ Read More ]

Utilizing a Personalized Diagnostic in a Class of Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients:

An Interview With Lawrence M. Weiss, MD, of Clarient Diagnostic Services, Inc.

Lawrence M. Weiss, MD, is Medical Director of Clarient Diagnostic Services. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center. He received his BS summa cum laude and his MD summa cum laude from the University of Maryland. He completed a residency [ Read More ]

Providing Molecular Profiling for Patients With Ovarian Cancer:

An Interview with Laura Shawver, PhD, of The Clearity Foundation

The Clearity Foundation was launched in 2008 to help patients with ovarian cancer and their physicians make better-informed treatment decisions based on the molecular profiling of tumors. The Clearity team includes scientists, physicians, and volunteers who feel passionately that the paradigm for recurrent ovarian cancer treatment needs to change from [ Read More ]

Personalizing Cancer Care, Policy, and the Payer Perspective:

An Interview with Peter F. Hayes of Healthcare Solutions

The Association for Value-Based Cancer Care (AVBCC) held its annual conference on May 2-5, 2013, in Hollywood, Florida. AVBCC is the fastest growing national specialty organization dedicated to improving the care of cancer patients and their quality of life by discussing, considering, and evaluating the value equation as it relates [ Read More ]

Promoting the Adoption of Personalized Medicine Concepts:

An Interview with Edward Abrahams, PhD, of the Personalized Medicine Coalition

The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) is an organization representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers, and payers. PMC promotes the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services, and products for the benefit of patients and the health system. It has grown from its original 18 founding members in 2004 to over [ Read More ]

Next-Generation Sequencing:

An Interview with Michael J. Pellini, MD, of Foundation Medicine

As the molecular drivers of cancer are better understood and targeted therapies are developed against those drivers, there is a growing need to perform comprehensive molecular analysis of tumors to determine the optimal treatment strategy for each patient. To this end, Foundation Medicine was founded in April 2010 by leaders [ Read More ]

Lynch Syndrome:

An Interview with the Father of Hereditary Cancer Detection and Prevention, Henry T. Lynch, MD

Lynch syndrome is a hereditary disorder caused by a mutation in a mismatch repair gene in which affected individuals have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and various other types of aggressive cancers. The syndrome is named after its discoverer, Henry T. Lynch, MD, director of Creighton [ Read More ]

Cultivating Personalized Medicine Clinical Acumen in the Management of Breast Cancer:

An Interview with Edith Perez, MD

If any cancer can be said to have launched personalized medicine into orbit and establish it as the standard for all cancer therapy to aspire toward, it is breast cancer. The discovery of the estrogen receptor (ER) and HER2 biomarkers has astonished healthcare professionals and the public alike and raised [ Read More ]

Novel Approaches to Delivering Personalized Medicine:

An Interview with Thomas C. Reynolds, MD, PhD

Seattle Genetics is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of empowered monoclonal antibody–based therapies for the treatment of cancer. Their product, brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris), was granted FDA accelerated approval in August 2011 for 2 indications: the treatment of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma after failure of autologous stem [ Read More ]

Incorporating Genomics Into Practice:

An Interview with Kimberly J. Popovits

Genomic Health, Inc, located in Redwood City, California, is a global cancer company founded in 2000. Genomic Health currently offers patients the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay and the Oncotype DX Colon Cancer Assay. Genomic Health  maintains that the key to effectively using clinical genomics to improve cancer treatment and [ Read More ]

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