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Scripps Health Begins Pioneering Study of Human Tumor Sequencing in Cancer Patients
Date:2/17/2010

major impact for future generations of patients.

The study also will create a repository of information on different types of cancers and tumors to promote further a new, precise approach for the future treatment of cancer.

“The ability to provide precise definition at the DNA level of genetic mutations for individual patients will contribute to determining appropriate targeted drug therapies for cancer,” said Samuel Levy, Ph.D, director of genomic sciences at Scripps and a co-investigator of the study. “During this process we will be developing highly precise databases that catalogue the compendium of genomic changes, defining a range of different cancer types. We believe that these data will be invaluable as individualized biomarkers for patient care and will serve as a set of actionable targets for drug design.”

The study will be conducted at Scripps Health locations throughout San Diego County, as well as the San Diego Cancer Center sites in Vista and Encinitas.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Scripps on this exciting, cutting-edge research for the future of individualized cancer care,” said Dr. Mark J. Adler, director, San Diego Cancer Center.

Those interested in more information about this study should contact study coordinator Sharon Haaser at 858-554-5738.

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Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,700 employees among its five
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