Galileo’s Science Café – When one size does not fit all: personalized medicine for breast cancer treatment

October 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Virtual and In-Person
Verizon Auditorium on the Manassas SciTech Campus

Speaker: Mariaelena Pierobon, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor, CAPMM, George Mason University

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Abstract: Precision medicine has transformed cancer therapy from a one-size-fits-all approach to customized treatment. This relatively new approach in health care builds upon the knowledge that each individual is different and experiences disease differently. For example, biological changes within DNA, RNA, and proteins, the underlying cause of cancer, vary widely across patient populations. By targeting the malfunctioning biological mechanisms of individual tumors, precision medicine provides personalized solutions for each patient.

I will provide an overview of the role precision medicine currently plays in oncology, how it can be used to develop tailored treatment, and its impact on patients’ survival. As an example of how together we can advance precision medicine for cancer patients, I will discuss our collaborative work with the SideOut Foundation, a local non-profit organization. By sponsoring cutting-edge clinical trials and innovative research, the SideOut Foundation has brought together scientists and oncologists throughout the U.S. to demonstrate the incredible impact precision medicine has on cancer treatment and survival.

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