Allison’s story: Precision medicine, hope and inspiration

precision medicine

 

We are honored U.S. News & World Report has named Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center the #1 pediatric cancer program in the U.S.

As we celebrate this honor, we’re reflecting on some of the greatest children’s stories ever told — stories of the patients and families whose lives touch ours and inspire us.

Allison, a pediatric cancer survivor, is one of those patients.

This hip-hop loving third grader is a pediatric brain tumor survivor and a precision medicine pioneer.

Allison is examined by nurse Maryann Zimmerman.
Allison is examined by nurse Maryann Zimmerman.

When Allison’s tumors stopped responding to therapy, her doctors recommended she enter a clinical trial — for an adult drug used to treat melanoma. They based their recommendation on her tumors’ genetic mutation; the same mutation had been observed in some adults with melanoma. This approach is called precision medicine, and as Allison’s doctors treat her tumor, she is helping to them learn about precision medicine.

Read more of the greatest children’s stories ever told, and share yours.