The Total Cancer Care Study is at the heart of an integrated approach to follow patients through their lifetimes, relying on a network of health care providers who contribute and share information from individual patients. The Study collects tissue and information (stored in a biorepository and a multi-dimensional data warehouse, respectively) from each patient. The vast amount of information is organized in a way that enriches most areas of cancer research. It integrates new technologies into the standard of care in an evidence-based fashion to personalize treatment and improve individual outcomes.
Reflecting the goal of the Total Cancer Care approach to meet all of the needs of the patient, research involving the Total Cancer Care Study covers all aspects of a cancer patient’s life journey. The examples of research planned or underway are broad in nature since researchers can leverage the immense amount of information in the data warehouse and tissue repository. Innovative research based on the Total Cancer Care Study includes:
- Developing better diagnostic tools through new imaging modalities.
- Utilizing genetic and molecular information for genomics, proteomics and nanotechnology projects to better understand the causes of cancer. This may lead to improved diagnosis and prognosis.
- Developing personalized multimodality therapies for more effective treatment options.
- Developing clinical trials based on new drugs or innovative treatment regimens for patients who are more likely to respond to specialized treatment.
- Better meeting the ongoing needs of survivors and their families through patient-centered outcomes research.
- Developing studies evaluating risk factors, genetic predispositions, early detection and health disparities to better understand the multiple factors the contribute to risk.
- Evaluating the most effective ways to prevent cancer by studying the impact of factors such as lifestyle, nutrition and education.