Precision cancer prevention research and innovation

A few of the dedicated scientists and clinicians who are pioneering precision prevention cancer research at Dartmouth Cancer Center.

When we talk about precision prevention, it really is that precise.

Bonnie Lau, MD, PhD

What if we could stop cancer before it even starts? Each of us has unique genetics, environmental exposures, and values that contribute to our cancer risk. In this video, researchers at Dartmouth Cancer Center offer a behind-the-scenes look at how they are developing the tools needed to map any individual’s risk factors for cancer, and creating bold new strategies to reduce those risks.

Precision prevention cancer research is one of the key priorities of the Byrne Family Cancer Research Institute at Dartmouth Cancer Center. For 50 years, world-renowned researchers and clinicians of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Health have expanded the boundaries of science and contributed to personalized immunotherapies and other critical treatments through a collaborative, entrepreneurial approach—leading the way to better cancer outcomes worldwide.

Our researchers are making promising contributions to the field of cancer vaccines. For our youngest patients, pediatric oncologists and researchers are identifying specific genetic factors that signal high risk for certain pediatric cancers, allowing clinicians to act earlier and change the progression of the disease. Improved screening for pediatric cancers educates and empowers primary care doctors as well as parents—and will save children’s lives.

Other precision prevention research efforts at Dartmouth Cancer Center include:

  • Reducing skin cancer risk by turning back the biological clock.
  • Lowering breast cancer risk through breast milk analysis.
  • Putting prevention in patients’ hands with digital tools and medical grade apps.

Through this work, researchers are collecting data that can be used to create risk profiles and give clinicians the precise ability to predict and prevent harmful outcomes. Intervention happens in real time and is already having true impact on the wellness of our communities, but there is so much more we can and will do.