Why Cancer Commons?

An advanced cancer diagnosis can be devastating. We give hope to patients, caregivers, and experts by helping ensure they've left no stone unturned. Here's what they have to say:

In a field as complex and dynamic as molecular oncology in 2020, Cancer Commons offers an amazing opportunity for patients with advanced cancer to obtain scientifically up-to-date additional options that may improve both the length and quality of their lives, all free of charge.

Gavin Gordon, PhD
Molecular Pathologist

My family is so grateful for the information and guidance we received from Cancer Commons during a particularly stressful time where a decision needed to be made quickly. We are particularly thankful for the help and assistance of Matthew Warner, who understood our need for timely answers and went above and beyond to get us that information through the incredible help of the Virtual Tumor Board as quickly as possible. It helped give us confirmation that the trial we were looking at for my dad’s recurrent GBM was a reasonable and good decision. Please accept our thanks from my parents, my siblings and myself. Our dad is so important to all of us and we want to fight to keep him here with us, enjoying his life, for as long as possible.

Daughter of Glioblastoma patient

I’d already been leaning heavily towards a decision, and Emma helped me achieve the final decision…But Emma’s more than a scientist. She is a caring person.

Breast cancer patient

Absolutely wonderful!! Matt is a wealth of knowledge and so prompt at getting back to emails and reporting findings or results. It really is incredible to have this resource free of charge as a second opinion, and gives me comfort knowing what we are doing is the best we can do for now, leaving no stone unturned. We appreciate Cancer Commons so very much!!

Daughter of a grade IV glioblastoma patient

My experience with Cancer Commons has been fantastic! Their support and advice have been extremely helpful. I will always be very greatful to the Cancer Commons team. They took the time to contact me by phone to learn more about my diagnosis so they could study my case and recommend options to consider. Thanks so much to all the people involved.

Michael Goold
Grade 4 glioblastoma patient

What I appreciate the most about Emma is her human goodness and empathy. I have never felt I was just a case for her.

Cervical cancer survivor

Emma not only helped me when I first reached out, but she continues to catch up with me and keep up with me. I consider her my friend.

Anal cancer patient

Dr. Rahib is extremely helpful and I am very thankful to have access to such professional and state-of-the-art support.

Daughter of pancreatic cancer patient

Cancer Commons’ scientists and doctors were very helpful in identifying possible clinical trials for our son’s rare brain tumor.

Mother of brain tumor patient

Tim is so helpful and we were so impressed with the detailed treatment options report that he sent. This cancer journey is overwhelming and it is comforting to have these services. A heartfelt thanks to Cancer Commons.

Glioblastoma patient

The best part of cancer commons is timely access to a tumor board. It gives reassurance to the patient and family that the current treatment approach is correct and that other options are available.

Caregiver of a cancer patient

I first became an advisor to Cancer Commons in 2010 because it was so frustrating to hear directly from patients’ about the opacity of the process of integrating standard-of-care and investigational treatment, particularly following molecular testing of their cancer. There is relatively little difference of opinion among experts who treat a given cancer type about how to order treatment options and those opinions don’t change every day. It has been extremely gratifying to see how Cancer Commons has brought clarity and greater access to this expertise through its convening and curation.

Keith Flaherty, MD
Cancer Commons Advisor

What if your doctor could know what everyone collectively knew?

Marty Tenenbaum, PhD
Founder of Cancer Commons

Cancer Commons is the absolute best for helping when diagnosed with cancer. They help you understand your cancer and all the treatment options, including clinical trials. I have relied on them for many friends, and don’t know what I would do without them.

Friend of a metastatic ovarian cancer patient, and many others

Now is the time to be very actively involved in your own care.

Tony Blau, MD
University of Washington

My contact was prompt, professional, and kind. Cancer Commons helped me review my options going forward.

Cancer patient

Glioblastoma is devastating, and Cancer Commons made excellent recommendations to present to our medical team. They know what they are doing and have the experts that can sift through the voluminous mountain of research.

Glory Cochrane
Wife of glioblastoma patient

Cancer Commons is extremely engaged and proactive. Its professionals have directed us towards interesting avenues to explore in our search for additional treatment options.

Spouse of stage IV ovarian cancer victim

Cancer Commons has been exceptional. My family and I could not be happier with the attention and passion that this organization has shown towards us. Thank you for being so responsive and reassuring us that there is so much hope.

Pancreatic cancer patient

You’re not alone. Cancer Commons is a great resource and sounding board to ask questions and get advice and support.

Advanced breast cancer patient

Emma has been wonderful. She has been in touch regularly.

Ovarian cancer patient

When my husband was diagnosed with glioblastoma, it was a complete shock that turned our lives upside down. In our quest for knowledge and guidance, we found Cancer Commons. We were connected with a scientist named Matthew. He has become an integral part of our life.

Matt continues to hold our hands during this extremely challenging time. He studies my husband’s specific case and is the first to ask for MRIs, scans, reports, and doctor notes following appointments. He recommends clinical trials that might be right for us to bring to our doctors and explains those that are not good options, as well as the reasons why. He is there to answer our questions and discuss all decisions we have to make, which is especially vital when each choice has its own pros, cons, and array of unknowns.

With a sea of resources working independently, Cancer Commons helps select the path that appears best for us to pursue. Cancer Commons offers customized information for each specific individual facing a cancer diagnosis. This is incredibly valuable as we aim to save lives. I am thankful to Cancer Commons for providing light in a time of darkness and serving as a beacon of hope, as we take comfort in believing that we are following the right course of care for our specific journey. 

Wife of a glioblastoma patient

Everyone who has cancer or who knows someone with cancer should reach out to Cancer Commons. There is no better resource.

Friend of a gastric cancer patient

Cancer Commons helped give me peace of mind with my treatment decision. Chief scientist Emma Shtivelman’s expert, science-based opinion made such logical sense, and it also felt right in my soul.

Breast cancer patient

Precision oncology is very complicated and changes every day. The scientists of Cancer Commons provide rapid, compassionate, scientifically sound information about best options, a remarkable free service.

Razelle Kurzrock, MD
U.C. San Diego, CureMatch, Inc.

Cancer Commons is truly unique at rapidly matching patients with advanced cancer with the best precision therapy or clinical trial.

E. David Crawford, MD
Cancer Commons Advisor

Sincere thanks to Cancer Commons and their Virtual Tumor Board for their comprehensive analysis and recommendations regarding treatments for my pancreatic cancer. I feel fortunate to have the benefit of the expertise offered by their board of scientists, researchers, physicians, and experts in this field.

Roy Saenz

I am grateful for the concise and accurate summary of my treatment options. I have been waiting 3 years for this. Your goal to close the gap between metastatic trials and patients holds great promise to speed up success.

Michelle Kendall
Cancer patient

This free-of-charge, high-quality information service is a wonderful resource for patients with advanced cancer.

Hope S. Rugo, MD
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center

To me, Cancer Commons has not only been a great resource but I feel the people I’ve dealt with are my friends. They give me a great sense of comfort. My questions and concerns are always addressed very promptly. I would highly recommend Cancer Commons.

Wife of glioblastoma patient

I learned more about my trial options from Emma in a week than I did in 3 years of previous care. Every metastatic patient should know about Cancer Commons. And I love how they use the data to speed up the N-of-1 success stories.

Michelle Kendall
Cancer Patient