Friday, July 19, 2013

Talk on personalized cancer treatment set for Tuesday

Dr. Jennifer Levin Carter to speak at Zenerg


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

    The president of an innovative health-care company will speak on the use of human genome studies to provide personalized medicine for cancer treatment on Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at Zenergy health club in Ketchum. The talk is free and open to the public.
    Dr. Jennifer Levin Carter is president and chief medical officer of N-of-One, a Waltham, Mass.,-based company specializing in molecular interpretation of specific cancer tumors to provide therapeutic strategies for personalized cancer care. Her talk, “Using the New Science of the Human Genome to Personalize Cancer Care,” will explain how recent discoveries made in sequencing the human genome is making it possible to select the most effective, customized course of treatment for each patient.
    “The research has shown that one person’s cancer is not the same as another’s even if they start in the same place in the body,” Carter said in an interview. “The key question is, ‘How is my cancer different?’”
    “We have delivered thousands of personalized interpretation and treatment strategy reports including data on approved and investigational therapies,” Carter wrote in a press release. “We believe that providing access to the latest data-driven knowledge and resources from the cancer field enables oncologists and cancer centers to provide the best care possible for their patients.”
    Carter will deliver a separate talk for physicians and nurses only at St. Luke’s Wood River on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
    Carter’s talk is sponsored by PinnacleCare health advisory service, which has numerous client families in the Wood River Valley.
    PinnacleCare, established in 2001, coordinates with patients and health care providers to facilitate second opinions and confirmation of diagnoses, collection and digitization of medical records, evidence-based research and treatment options.    
Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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