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.

  • Words cannot describe enough the help, guidance, services, and advice I received from Cancer Commons—whether from online resources, the constant support provided by the dedicated scientist Dr. Matt Warner, or the selfless recommendations from a tumour board, so that at least I know what other experts are thinking and where treatment could be headed potentially, and plan course of action accordingly.

    Wife of a glioblastoma patient

  • The tumor board report summarized a lot of information into a very easy to read and understandable format. It provided contact information for additional treatment options which we will be pursuing. Lola Rahib was very efficient in obtaining all my medical records and responded quickly to our initial inquiry.

    Pancreatic cancer patient

  • Spoke personally with both Leslie Jared, RN, and Lola Rahib, PhD—they promptly responded and answered all of my questions. They were both very helpful.

    Wife of a pancreatic cancer patient

  • They go above and beyond to help! They take the time to get to know you personally and are genuinely interested in your health and well being. Very kind, compassionate, and intelligent group of people!! I would highly recommend them!!

    Daughter of brain cancer patient

  • 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

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.