Blast Off: Phoenix Children's Hospital leads in bringing innovative treatment to pediatric cancer care through Cancer Breakthroughs 2020

PHOENIX — Arizona is taking the lead in the fight against pediatric cancer.

On Thursday, several Arizona lawmakers gathered at the state capitol to celebrate the state’s involvement in Cancer Breakthroughs 2020, an ambitious effort to find a cure to the deadly disease by the start of the next decade.

As part of the program, Phoenix Children’s Hospital will implement a new GPS cancer test in the hopes of helping children battle the disease.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a surgeon who is a part of the program, said the test will identify the abnormality in a patient and create a vaccine to fight it.

“It can identify the sequence that is abnormal in the patient on a very personalized level and use that to try and create a vaccine and stimulate the immune system,” he said.

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