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Cancer Commons

Cancer Commons is a nonprofit that provides hope to advanced cancer patients by helping them identify and access their best possible treatment. We offer a highly customized experience, connecting patients with our collaborative network of nurse navigators, PhD scientists, and national experts. We learn from every patient we serve, so we can help many more.


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Cancer Commons

  • It Started Back in 1998…

    “In 1998, I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, a disease with a dire prognosis. Leading oncologists’ recommendations varied widely, so I set forth on a desperate quest for the treatment that would work best for me. Ultimately, an experimental treatment saved my life.” —Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, founder of Cancer Commons

    While that treatment ultimately failed clinical testing, Marty was among the fortunate few who responded and survived. But that only raised more questions: Why did it work for him and not for others? Could his experience help similar patients find their best-possible treatments?

    Known for his work in technology development and artificial intelligence, Marty saw that countless other patients could benefit from a better way to capture and share the world’s collective cancer knowledge. So, he created Cancer Commons—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides personalized treatment option reports to metastatic cancer patients, while learning from every patient to help others urgently seeking answers.

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