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ESMO 2020 recap: cutting-edge cancer research in the COVID-19 era

Held virtually for the first time this year, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) annual congress hosted an international audience of tens of thousands of oncology experts focused on improving integrated cancer care in the COVID-19 era. The #ESMO20 program, with the tagline “Bringing innovation to cancer patients,” was split into a Science weekend held September 19–21 and an Education weekend coming up on October 16–18.


Employee spotlight: Meenakshi Malhotra, Scientific Affairs Manager

This series of employee spotlight posts highlights exceptional talent throughout various departments at Natera. Meet Meenakshi (Meena) Malhotra, who contributes hugely to our scientific writing team and interacts with various key stakeholders. You probably have seen her work if you’ve read through our extensive collection of oncology posters and publications.


Immunotherapy Awareness Month

Did you know that June is Immunotherapy Awareness Month? Immunotherapy refers to a method of treatment that uses parts of the immune system to combat diseases. In recent decades, it has played an important role in fighting cancer. Here’s a closer look at immunotherapy and its incredible uses in the medical field.


2020 ASCO recap: new format, new insights

Every year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) hosts a conference in Chicago, Ill, to review the latest in clinical cancer research. This year, due to COVID-19, the #ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program was broadcast May 29–31, 2020, to a record-breaking audience of more than 42,700 attendees from 130 countries.


Employee spotlight: Himanshu Sethi, Director, Research & Development

This new series of employee spotlight posts will highlight exceptional talent throughout various departments at Natera. Meet Himanshu Sethi, one of the key people in developing our oncology products.


Employee Spotlight: Miriam De Leon

This new series of employee spotlight posts will highlight exceptional talent throughout various departments at Natera. This first post focuses on Miriam De Leon, our partner on the customer experience team that handles the organ transplant and oncology products.


Remote Clinical Studies: The Future of Medical Research

While medical breakthroughs may seem to happen overnight, it can take years of research to develop, refine, and test new drugs, surgical techniques, and medical interventions before they are made available to the general public.


Esophageal Cancer: A Closer Look at Its Risk Factors, Types, and Treatment Options

Did you know that April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month? About 18,000 Americans will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2020 alone. The risk of developing it is higher in men than women. Approximately one in 132 men and about one in 455 women will develop it in their lifetime


How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Oncology Community

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the world in unimaginable ways. While nearly everyone is at risk for developing the disease, certain groups of people, including those with cancer, are particularly susceptible to it. In addition, COVID-19’s shock on the health care community may impact treatment options for current patients and make it more challenging to continue treatment that is underway.

Interview with Erika Hanson Brown, founder of the patient leader community COLONTOWN

If you're in the field of colorectal cancer (CRC), there’s no doubt you have heard of Erika Hanson Brown. Brown is known as a woman of many talents due to her passion for helping others and her ambition to unite her community. Brown is the “Founding Mayor” of COLONTOWN, an online community dedicated to improving the lives of people with colorectal cancer. She is also CEO and cofounder of PALTOWN, the non-profit organization that oversees COLONTOWN. A 17-year survivor of stage III colon cancer, Brown serves on the National Cancer Institute's Colon Cancer Task Force and is a CRC Dream Team member at Stand Up to Cancer.
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