Launched by Dr. Eric Holland, the STTR sets the stage for collaborations where scientists share insights into how to improve treatment for many tumors, leading to discoveries that can be applied to cancer. It’s the best shot at making headway against the disease.
Starting with brain, Holland is building a database based on thousands of tumor samples from patients. The database will contain complete genetics profiles for each tumor, plus information on how each patient was treated and responded. Eventually the database will be expanded to breast, colon, head and neck, lung, ovarian, pancreas and prostate. The goal is to profile tumors for every patient which can be compared to those in the database and inform the decision on the most effective therapy.
"This is personalized medicine - making decisions that are tailored to the tumor," Holland said.