Thank You to Our 2016 Donors!


Everyone at Cancer Commons is very thankful for the outpouring of support that we received in 2016. As a nonprofit organization, we rely entirely on donations to provide cancer treatment decision support at no charge. These contributions have allowed Cancer Commons to respond to over 1,500 requests for help and will allow us to develop innovative technology to help many others in the months ahead.

Last year, our beloved 217 donors contributed over $1,391,000. This reflects double-digit growth in both the number of donors and total dollars raised. As a young organization, Cancer Commons is still growing. It’s validating to see that support is growing along with us, but we still have a long way to go and many more cancer patients to help.

We are grateful for major gifts of $10,000 or more from the following individuals and organizations: Continue reading…


Press Release: Sheri Sobrato Brisson and Eric Brisson Join Cancer Commons to Find Better Treatment Options for Children with Brain Cancer

Sheri Sobrato Brisson (Photo by Irene Searles for InMenlo.com; used
with permission)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Altos, California – January 25, 2017 – Cancer Commons, a nonprofit network of physicians, scientists and patients dedicated to helping each patient achieve the best possible outcome, announces the launch of a new program to identify personalized treatment options for children with brain cancer. The program is funded by a generous lead gift from Sheri Sobrato Brisson, a pediatric brain tumor survivor and advocate for children with serious illness, and her husband Eric Brisson.

“We are motivated to help children with brain cancer by giving their physicians and families access to the best treatment plans,” shares Sheri Sobrato Brisson. “Diagnosis is a frightening time, and patients and their families need help to quickly sort through vast, confusing amounts of information to assure them that they are making the best possible choices.” Continue reading…


Announcing the November $100,000 Matching Gift Challenge

This month, every donation we receive will be matched by a few generous, anonymous donors.

Help the next patient receive the options that they need by joining the Cancer Commons family of donors.

Your philanthropic support allows us to provide treatment options at no charge. It also allows us to develop an online community knowledge base that will transform cancer care. By learning from every patient, we will optimize and expand the use of available treatments far more efficiently than traditional trials and rapidly improve options for all patients with advanced cancer.

Click here to make a donation.


Interview with Medical Director Kevin Knopf

In a new interview, oncologist and Cancer Commons Medical Director Dr. Kevin Knopf gives his perspective on the future of cancer research and treatment, including the role of Cancer Commons. He also discusses the potential benefits of value frameworks, which are tools that take a variety of factors into account in order to aid treatment decisions.

Read the full interview here.


ASK Cancer Commons Sees 500 Percent Surge in Weekly New Users

Since September 1, 2016, the weekly number of new patients and caregivers seeking help through our ASK Cancer Commons service has increased by about 500%, compared to previous months. This surge occurred organically, with new users finding out about the service solely by word of mouth. Continue reading…


Nature Features Cancer Commons

Cancer Commons is featured in a new article about precision medicine published in the scientific journal Nature. Read about our mission and how it fits in with other efforts to empower patients to take a more active role in medical research through data sharing.


Cancer Commons "Rocks for a Cure" at Tomstock 2016

Last weekend Cancer Commons representatives attended Tomstock, an annual benefit concert for the H8 Cancer Foundation. In the spirit of Woodstock, Tomstock was a love-in of sorts, especially for cancer patients and survivors. H8 Cancer has provided generous support to Cancer Commons, enabling us to help more people touched by cancer. We are honored and grateful to have been invited to participate at Tomstock 2016.

Above: Host Kiers Rowley (left) and H8Cancer.org founder and CEO Dr. Simeon Jaggernauth at Tomstock 2016. See more photos of the event on our Facebook page.


The Sydney Morning Herald Features Cancer Commons

Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum’s story of his own battle with melanoma is featured in an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald. The piece outlines how studying “super responders” could help improve cancer treatment for all patients.

Read the full article here.


#PatientInsights: Sharing Cancer Tips and Tricks Through Social Media

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Throughout my treatment, peers have helped me learn about my diagnosis, digest information, and move forward. I was lucky to have a team that knew extending the time of my Perjeta injection could have a positive impact on my quality of life. However, I also know that there are other women who are having a similar experience and may not have this specific piece knowledge within their team. I hope this finds you! I want to share the tidbits I gain from my experience so that all patients have access to the same knowledge, regardless of where you are being treated.

—Cat, a metastatic breast cancer patient

The key to defeating cancer is the ability of doctors, researchers, and patients to share knowledge and insights with one another. In the United States, 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. An entire population of patients and families is gaining insights into their cancer every day, but these are not being effectively shared. To end cancer, it is imperative that we create a space for patients to be equal partners in the data sharing conversation. Continue reading…