University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center


We created this video for the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center to help them raise awareness in order to achieve breakthroughs in the fight against this debilitating disease. ----------- What is the future of cancer care? Well, it's no longer determined solely by the location of the tumor -- the old "one size fits all" approach. No, the future of cancer care lays in personalized medicine -- tailoring treatment based on the unique environmental, social and biological factors -- including genetics -- of each cancer. The future of cancer is NOW at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center! Recognized as 1 of only 41 leading National Cancer Institute-designated centers, we have been at the forefront of cancer care and discovery since the 1970's. That's when the brilliant, tireless and internationally-known Dr. Janet D. Rowley discovered a vital breakthrough in understanding the relationship between cancer and genetics -- a game changer that led to finding key genetic mutations in every type of cancer. And Dr.


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Cancer researchers at the University of Chicago and five other leading institutions will share equally in a $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research, on behalf of its founder Daniel K. Ludwig. Ludwig Cancer Research is an international community of researchers dedicated to pursuing life-changing discoveries to alter the course of cancer. Find out more at:


When Tony Palumbo was diagnosed with lung cancer and told it was incurable, he turned to UChicago Medicine for a second opinion. Our physicians agreed that surgery was not an option, but offered another approach. Palumbo is now cancer-free. Read more about Tony's story at:


Janet Rowley, MD, sparked a revolution in cancer genetics and continues to shape the field of personalized medicine today. Rowley and her fellow University of Chicago colleagues, Michelle LeBeau, PhD, director, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center; Vinay Kumar, MBBS, MD, chair, Department of Pathology; and Richard Schilsky, MD, chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology; talk about this groundbreaking research and current advances in targeted therapy for cancer care.

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Pediatric oncologist and brain tumor expert Charles M. Rubin, MD, describes the diagnosis, treatment and recovery for pediatric brain tumors. Rubin and his colleagues at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago have many years of experience treating children with benign and malignant brain tumors. These experts are involved in important research to understand the biology of pediatric brain tumors with the goal of developing new treatments.

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If a child has cancer, what is the risk for cancer in other children and family members? Kenan Onel, MD, PhD, talks about how the Familial Cancer Clinic at Comer Children's Hospital helps families assess the risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. If family members have an increased risk of cancer, clinic experts develop individualized action plans to reduce cancer risk.