Precision Medicine

We believe Precision Medicine is a game-changer for children with cancer. That’s why we have committed more than $7.5 million to programs at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and to the Target Pediatric AML project.

How does it work?

An easy way to understand precision medicine is to think of it as “personalized medicine.”

Although we know that every child is unique, today’s childhood cancer treatment does not take into account the genetic differences of each child. Rather, a child’s cancer is treated according to disease type. But often, children with the same type of cancer respond differently to the same treatment. A chemotherapy which is effective for some may fail altogether for others because of the genetic differences at play.

That’s where precision medicine comes in. Children with high-risk tumors and those who don’t respond to standard treatments undergo genetic testing on cancerous tissue. The information provided by this testing will allow doctors to create individualized treatments target the mutated cells and work to destroy them.

How does it work?

An easy way to understand precision medicine is to think of it as “personalized medicine.”

Although we know that every child is unique, today’s childhood cancer treatment does not take into account the genetic differences of each child. Rather, a child’s cancer is treated according to disease type. But often, children with the same type of cancer respond differently to the same treatment. A chemotherapy which is effective for some may fail altogether for others because of the genetic differences at play.

That’s where precision medicine comes in. Children with high-risk tumors and those who don’t respond to standard treatments undergo genetic testing on cancerous tissue. The information provided by this testing will allow doctors to create individualized treatments target the mutated cells and work to destroy them.

Precision Medicine's impact

Today we are in the very early stages of incorporating precision medicine into treatments for children. But even now, precision medicine is impacting the outcomes of children with cancer.

You can read several case studies of how precision medicine works by clicking on any of these beautiful children.

Tristen, Caison, and Carter

Lauren

Madeline

Finn

Maylee

Precision Medicine is a game changer

Individualized treatment is the path to beating childhood cancer.

Precision Medicine is a game changer

Individualized treatment is the path to beating childhood cancer.

What we hope to accomplish

Precision medicine offers hope to children who need it. Where traditional cancer treatment has failed and treatment options are limited at best, precision medicine offers a new opportunity. It offers hope for a cure. In time, we believe this individualized approach to cancer treatment will become the standard of care for all children with cancer, saving lives and preserving lifetimes by minimizing the effects of today’s highly toxic therapies.

What we hope to accomplish

Precision medicine offers hope to children who need it. Where traditional cancer treatment has failed and treatment options are limited at best, precision medicine offers a new opportunity. It offers hope for a cure. In time, we believe this individualized approach to cancer treatment will become the standard of care for all children with cancer, saving lives and preserving lifetimes by minimizing the effects of today’s highly toxic therapies.

How you can help

Precision medicine offers one of the best available opportunities to advance the fight against pediatric cancer. It costs $5000 to sequence the genes of one child who has run out of treatment options.

Your gift of any amount will help us further the precision medicine program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and other leading research institutions across the country.

How you can help

Precision medicine offers one of the best available opportunities to advance the fight against pediatric cancer. It costs $5000 to sequence the genes of one child who has run out of treatment options.

Your gift of any amount will help us further the precision medicine program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and other leading research institutions across the country.