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National Precision Oncology Program (NPOP)

Precision Oncology Program

The National Precision Oncology Program (NPOP) is a national program led by the National Oncology Program Office. Michael Kelley, MD is the Director of the National Oncology Program for the VA. Dr. Sara Ahmed, PhD. is the Director of Precision Oncology.

The aim of the  White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative aim was to double the rate of progress against cancer. Part of VA’s efforts to support Cancer Moonshot is  the VA’s National Precision Oncology Program which:
  1. creates best practices to provide genetic testing and reporting of tumor samples from patients
  2. documents tumor molecular results and provide advice to cancer care doctors 
  3. help doctors access matching approved, and new research therapies through clinical trials
  4. creates a learning healthcare system for administrative, clinical care and research purposes

Our long-term goal is to develop a Cancer Registry with samples of cancers and cancer mutations.  The samples collected may include genomics (tumor, bone marrow, or blood samples, DNA, pharmacogenetics) and different types of proteins.  The samples are used to help learn genetic responses and how well current therapies, tumor-targeted therapies and immunotherapies will work on the many types of solid tumors and blood cancers.

Check out more information in the FAQ section.