By Lauren C. Leiman, White House Cancer Moonshot Senior Director External Partnerships

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Blood Profiling Atlas Meeting at the White House, Oct. 18, 2016. (Photo by Sophia Sokolowski)

Identifying the Mission

Thanks to remarkable scientific advances, we know that tumors shed a variety of signals into the blood, leaving behind small hints to help identify cancer type, location, and disease-stage. For this reason, researchers are especially interested in developing new ways to use this knowledge to transform how we detect and diagnose cancer, making it possible for a future wherein simple blood draws could help physicians and patients more accurately and successfully manage disease.

The technology — commonly described as liquid biopsies —could offer a less invasive and easily replicable alternative to standard biopsies, experienced by the patient as a simple blood test as compared to, for example, an often painful bone marrow biopsy. In the past decade, there has been some momentum around enhancing the science and clinical utility of liquid biopsies where tumors shed breadcrumbs into blood, urine and saliva. …


By Lynne O’Brien, Policy Analyst, White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

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O’Brien in 2016 with Team “LOL” as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training. Credit: personal photo.

The day I was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2012 was a busy one. As my doctor carefully went over my test results and explained next steps, the news did not sink in. I was not hearing that I had cancer; my head was full of things I needed to do when I left the office to prepare for arriving-any-minute house guests, a play at school, and a busy sports schedule for my three children. …


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Vice President Joe Biden gives opening remarks at the Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University in Washington, D.C., June 29, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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