Cancer is the second leading cause of death on Guam.
On Sunday, you can learn more about access to new treatments that haven't been available to Guam residents.

FHP is collaborating with the University of Guam, University of Hawaii and the National Cancer Institute on the Guam Cancer Clinical Trial Symposium. The event is free and open to the public, targeting health care professionals, cancer patients and caregivers.

Visiting consultant Virginia McMahon explained how clinical trials can increase survival rates.

"That's where it's now looking at precision guided medicines so that you're looking at treating that particular patient with that particular cancer, rather than looking at the cancer as a whole," she said.

The precision technique is like a personalized treatment designed specifically for the individual patient.

"The first part is to look at the particular makeup of that particular person's tumor and then based upon that, is there a specific drug that will target that marker," McMahon said.

The symposium is set for Sunday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hotel Nikko's Tasi Ballroom. Registration is free but space is limited.

Call 646-5825 ext. 8289 for more information.