Caring For Our Patients

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Fortunately, precision medicine is one of the most promising fields in our collective fight against cancer and other life-threatening  diseases and offers hope for even the most difficult cases. At the Englander Institute, our mission is to identify targeted therapeutic approaches for each patient. Just as each type of cancer is unique, each patient will respond uniquely to their treatment.Precision medicine is about finding the right treatment, for the right patient, at the right time, to deliver the best results.

The process begins with a referral from one of our clinicians. Our experts then use the latest genetic sequencing tools and technology to determine the genetic drivers of a patient’s cancer. The test results and patient’s medical history are reviewed by a Precision Medicine Tumor Board consisting of medical oncologists, pathologists, computational biologists and others to develop a treatment plan tailored to each patient. The plan is then shared with the clinician who discusses the results with the patient.

In the case of patient Cheryl Bonder, Dr. Juan Miguel Mosquera, Director of Research Pathology at the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine, made the genetic discovery that Cheryl’s genome had two genes not typically found together. This discovery and analysis led to research of the mutation by Dr. Monica Guzman, a researcher, and member of both the EIPM and the WCM’s Meyer Cancer Center, who, along with Dr. Gabriela Chiosis, a professor with the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering, determined an experimental drug, typically meant for another type of tumor, could save Cheryl. The incredible collaboration among these researchers and Dr. Roboz brought the new therapeutic directly from the bench to Cheryl’s bedside, showcasing the power of precision medicine.

 

New Hope for Irene Price

After standard treatments for her bladder cancer had failed, Irene Price knew she was running out of options and time. Thanks to her team of doctors at the Caryl and Israel Englander Institute for Precision Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Price now spends time celebrating birthdays with her family — cancer-free.

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