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AACR Virtual Patient Advocate Forum

Precision Oncology Advances in 2020: Looking Ahead to 2021

February 16, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated headlines in 2020. The response by the research community was marked by unprecedented scientific collaboration and rapid research advances culminating in the authorization of two vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, less than 12 months after the first reported COVID cases.

But there were also a number of advances made in cancer research that should be highlighted as we look forward to 2021. Most notably in new targeted agents, advanced diagnostic technologies, and a renewed commitment to increase public understanding of cancer health disparities. A number of cancer communities also saw years of commitment to cancer research pay off with a record number of drug approvals.

This Virtual AACR Patient Advocate Forum highlighted some of the recent breakthroughs in cancer research and showcased what we might be able to expect in the year 2021.


Anna D. Barker, Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine at USC, Los Angeles, California


Antoni Ribas, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) at UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Bob Riter, AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program®, Ithaca, New York

John L. Marshall, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland

David Spetzler, Caris Life Sciences, Phoenix, Arizona

Program Agenda speaker bios

AACR Patient Advocate Forums

The AACR is committed to providing educational programming to patients with cancer and patient advocacy communities to support their collective mission to find cures for all cancers. AACR Patient Advocate Forums invite leaders from patient advocacy, academia, industry, and health care communities to discuss pressing topics and the latest discoveries in cancer research. These virtual forums are provided quarterly at no cost to attendees and open to the public. 

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