Seattle Children's Trial Pinpoints Precision Treatment for Cancer

Seattle Children's Trial Pinpoints Precision Treatment for Cancer

Connor Pearcy has been battling soft tissue sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, his entire life. Dr. Doug Hawkins, associate division chief of hematology/oncology at Seattle Children’s, says Connor’s tumor is caused by a series of defective genes, which create a malfunctioning protein that causes tumors to grow. Initially, doctors tried to surgically remove the tumor on the lower part of Connor’s right leg — a very tricky process because his body began to grow around the mass and there were blood vessels growing through the tumor. After two unsuccessful surgeries and little progress with chemotherapy, Connor’s family worried the only option they had left was amputation. That’s when Hawkins found a clinical trial that involved genetic testing to identify the abnormal genes in Connor's body.

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