Cancer diseases have been a major reason behind the increase in national mortality rate for so long. For most people, a cancer diagnosis means putting one’s affairs in order and waiting for death to catch up with them but that is not the case anymore. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the new sense of hope for many of the cancer patients in the world. The institute is the only designated comprehensive cancer institute in the whole state. According to Yahoo.com, it is also a research facility that is geared towards better diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer patients. They translate the research carried out in their laboratories and use it in their clinical practice to come up with better ways of treatment. The hospital works closely with other cancer treatment centers and research facilities in order to ensure that it covers a wider range of patients in their research. This has further been made possible by the most recent pledge from Omar Boraie’s family.
The cancer institute came up with an idea to gain endorsement on their projects where they have eighteen chairs heading their research facilities that are in turn supported financially by the anonymous donors providing a matching donation of $1.5 million. According to the article on Newswise, Omar Boraie’s family made such a donation to the recently established Omar Boraie chair. The money will go into the research of genetic treatment of cancer. The treatment will target the precise treatment of cancer where it will give an individualistic approach to the method of treatment. The study will eventually categorize cancers according to sub-groups of people with different genes but similar characteristics.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the institution’s doctor Shridar Ganesan who also works as associate professor of medicine and pharmacology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has been named the chair. He describes cancer as a set of diseases rather than a single disease. He says that this method of treatment will study cancers according to their unique symptoms hence people can get individualistic diagnosis and therapy. To Boraie, this is hope for all the people in the world with unique cancers and those whose cancer has become unresponsive to various forms of treatment or have limited treatment options. Boraie hopes that this will bring change in the world so people will no longer succumb to cancer. It will also open the door to research on treatment of other similar diseases that could display uniqueness from one person to the other.