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    Invest in the Cancer Avatar Project

    Mike Rowbotham, M.D., scientific director at CPMC Research Institute (left) with senior scientist Greg Tranah, Ph.D

    Mike Rowbotham, M.D., scientific director at CPMC Research Institute (left)
    with senior scientist Greg Tranah, Ph.D.



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    “There’s no fear about doing new things here.”

    CPMC is one of only about 20 medical centers worldwide developing ‘cancer avatars’ for research. After being collected from selected patients throughout Sutter Health, human cancer cells are implanted and grown in mice, from which they can be harvested. “These avatars make a huge difference in research because their tumors change with time, just as they do in patients,” says Michael Rowbotham, M.D., Scientific Director at CPMC Research InstituteOpens new window and Cancer Avatar Project Lead.

    “There’s no fear about doing new things here,” says senior scientist Greg Tranah, Ph.D. “The mice avatars allow us to test up to hundreds of different cancer drug combinations at a time. Then, working together with clinicians, we can more quickly determine which treatment is most likely to work for a particular patient.”

    For more information on the Cancer Avatar Project, visit cpmcri-currents.orgOpens new window.

    To learn more about the many ways you can invest in cancer research and treatment at CPMC, please contact:

    Michael Chinnavaso
    Campaign Director, Cancer Center
    CPMC Foundation
    2015 Steiner Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    415-600-6427
    chinnamm@sutterhealth.org
    cpmc.org/giving/cancer

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