Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is the future of cancer care.” Steven T. Rosen, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, City of Hope

A Plan For You. And Only You.

There’s nobody in the world exactly like you. Your genetic makeup, your lifestyle, environment: They are yours alone. And if you have cancer, it’s different than anyone else’s disease, and it requires treatment that’s as individual as you are.

This is precision medicine.

Cancer is fundamentally an unwelcome change, or mutation, in your genes. By learning as much as possible about those unique changes, and developing specific drugs and therapies to target them, we at City of Hope believe many cancers can be defeated at the molecular level, often with fewer side effects compared to traditional chemotherapy and other treatments.

This new approach, made possible by dramatic advances in genetic science, is the leading edge of an exciting new area of cancer treatment. It's at the heart of President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, and City of Hope is at the forefront of its development.

Why City of Hope?

City of Hope is one of only a handful of comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

We are a world leader in cancer research and treatment with a global reputation for rapid “bench-to-bedside” results.

We are one of the few institutions with the knowledge, experience and infrastructure to collect, process, engineer and manufacture large amounts of stem cells, often critical in creating personalized treatments at the molecular level.

We live and breathe our sustaining credo, that every patient is an individual, not just a disease, and that he or she must be cared for, body and soul.