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Transforming Cancer Care through Precision Oncology

A Time of Hope and Promise

It's been called a glimmer of hope for many cancer patients and their families. The genome. Yet not many people fully understand the complexity of the science and the power cancer plays in providing the best course of treatment for cancer patients. Due to this exciting, cutting-edge treatment, the Avera McKennan Foundation has begun raising dollars to support precision oncology for patients at the Avera Cancer Institute.

Through generous contributions, grant funding and vital partnerships, Avera Cancer Institute formed the Avera Center for Precision Oncology in 2014 and has gone on to see hundreds of patients since its inception. Current therapies still exist, but with YOUR help, we can reach our goal of treating all cancers with this transformative care.

Getting Personal

Kristen Kilmer believes in getting personal, right down to her DNA. When diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at the age of 37, this young mother put on her fighting gloves to battle the disease. Thanks to the talented team of researchers at the Avera Cancer Institute Center for Precision Oncology, state-of-the-art personalized medicine was used to determine the best course of treatment based on DNA testing. Today, she is in living in NED (no evidence of the disease) and can get back to enjoying life to the fullest. But she remains grateful for her caregivers and the strides taken to treat cancer on through genetic testing. This is her story.

An Age of Hope

Genomics at Avera is a complex science that involves multiple experts locally and across the nation and world. The Avera Center for Precision Oncology team consists of Brian Leyland-Jones, MB BS, PhD, and Casey Williams, PharmD, as well as Avera Cancer Institute physicians, researchers and many others. Watch as Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones explane more about the importance of genetic sequencing and how early intervention leads to the best chance of a cure.

To learn more about the campaign for Precision Oncology, please call the Avera McKennan Foundation at 605-322-8900.

You can help make this possible. Contact the Avera McKennan Foundation at 605-322-8900 to learn more or to make a gift.

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Every gift to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center furthers our mission to provide the best quality care to patients and their families while remaining dedicated to serving our local community by providing care to all, regardless of ability to pay. You can be part of our healing ministry through your gift.

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Our staff would love to visit with you to answer any questions you may have about donating or about the Avera McKennan Foundation and our programs. Please feel free to call us at 605-322-8900, or you can contact us via email.

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