Help unlock the secrets of cancer hidden within the human genome.
Genetic changes that drive tumors are highly variable, and a one-size-fits-all approach is clearly not effective. Instead of broad-brush therapies that destroy both cancerous and healthy cells, research is now focused on the unique and complex nature of each individual cancer.
Already, information gleaned through genome sequencing is helping doctors reclassify tumors based on their genetic makeup, rather than their location in the body. Applying and understanding these genetic variations is not unlike the way forensic crime labs analyze DNA to locate suspects, and has the potential to forever change how we fight this battle!
Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan and his research team at the University of Michigan are at the forefront of this groundbreaking research. They recently completed a pilot study aimed quickly and systematically sequencing genetic material from patients in order to match them with more targeted treatment programs. This information could lead to more effective and precise treatments for multiple types of cancer, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and others.
You can help. Your donation will go directly to the advancement of this unique and innovative research in the battle against cancer.
Dr. Chinnaiyan has won the 2008 American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research. He is the S.P. Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology and Director of Cancer Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center provides its patients diagnostic, treatment and support services in a collaborative environment, focused on excellence in patient care. Drawing on the strengths of the University of Michigan faculty, the Cancer Center has assembled a team of specialists who are leaders in their fields to unravel the threat of cancer and to provide care and comfort to those it afflicts.
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