In 1998, I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma and given months to live. I consulted more than a dozen leading oncologists and got conflicting recommendations. No one could tell me: ‘Which treatment is best for me?’

A clinical trial saved my life—despite itself being unsuccessful—only raising more questions. Why did this therapy work for me but not for others? Could my experience help similar patients? It was life-saving knowledge I wanted to share with all cancer patients.

Welcome to Cancer Commons.

Marty Tenenbaum, PhD Founder of Cancer Commons

Since our founding in 2011, we have delivered personalized, evidence-based guidance at no charge to more than 10,000 patients and caregivers, supported entirely by philanthropy.

  • Whenever we needed them they were there. Whenever we needed new information or help finding a new treatment they were there immediately. They were such a pleasure to deal with that they were like a family member helping you out, and believe me I/we needed them. 

    Dr. Mel Burchman
    Spouse of a pancreatic cancer patient
  • Clear information with caring follow-up.

    Sister of a pancreatic cancer patient

  • Emma has been so helpful and kind to my wife.

    Husband of cancer patient

  • When questions arose about my husband’s case, one of the researchers (Matthew) took time to personally call me and discuss his case.

    Wife of glioblastoma patient

  • Whether via email or phone, I found the representative polite, professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. And I like that they reached out to my oncologist.

    Pancreatic cancer patient

Cancer Commons is staffed by accomplished researchers with PhDs in the molecular biology and pharmacology of cancer and in Artificial Intelligence. They have joined the Commons to apply their knowledge and expertise to help patients research their options in real time using the latest tools of precision oncology.