North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates Partners With Caris Life Sciences to Establish a Personalized Cancer Care Program

Irving, Tex., May 12, 2014North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates (NSHOA) and Caris Life Sciences today announced a collaboration to establish a personalized cancer care program for patients in the greater Long Island area. This program will leverage the power of Caris Molecular Intelligence™, the industry’s leading comprehensive tumor profiling service, to better target therapy options based on each patient’s unique cancer biology.
With the addition of this clinical molecular profiling program, NSHOA will further enhance its ability to offer patients world-class, personalized cancer care conveniently close to home. The partnership with Caris, which includes clinical support and patient and physician education, also allows for a potential research relationship.
“At NSHOA, we remain committed to providing our patients with a fully integrated cancer treatment environment that offers the world’s best services and care,” said Jeffrey Vacirca, M.D., FACP, and CEO/Managing Partner of NSHOA. “We believe our partnership with Caris Life Sciences helps us further deliver on this commitment, as their comprehensive molecular profiling service can identify more treatment options for our patients than any other service. NSHOA’s commitment to excellence is also evident in our plans to expand our patient reach by opening our eighth location this summer in Riverhead, which will be the area’s first cancer center dedicated to personalized medicine. The physicians at NSHOA understand that each individual’s cancer is unique and that the ‘cookie cutter’ approach to cancer care is not ideal.”
In recent years, molecular profiling has become a critically valuable tool for oncologists when making therapeutic decisions for patients with difficult-to-treat and/or rare and aggressive cancers. Caris Molecular Intelligence correlates the molecular data generated from a tumor with biomarker/drug associations derived from the latest clinical and scientific literature on cancer. This information is contained in a report, which outlines therapies more likely to benefit, those therapies less likely to benefit, along with applicable enrolling clinical trials for the patient. This therapy guidance is achieved through combined use of traditional pathology analysis methods (i.e., immunohistochemistry, fluorescent in situ hybridization, etc.) and more-recently developed DNA sequencing technologies (i.e., next-generation sequencing).
“At Caris, we remain keenly focused on providing oncologists and their patients the most accurate, relevant and reliable profiling information possible,” said David D. Halbert, Chairman and CEO of Caris Life Sciences. “We are pleased to partner with NSHOA and its outstanding team of physicians to help further enhance and improve care in this community and help give these patients a better chance of defeating their cancer.”
About North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates
North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates, PC (NSHOA) is a fully integrated medical oncology/hematology practice of 16 medical oncologists and two radiation oncologists with eight offices located on Long Island, New York.  NSHOA provides premium cancer care for patients using the latest treatment techniques and cutting edge medical technology while ensuring that patients are treated with dignity and respect. With a multitude of ancillary services such as a large clinical research department that proudly participates in many national cancer trials, on-site radiology imaging, laboratory, pathology departments and therapies such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and vaccines, NSHOA is able to offer comprehensive care right in their community.
About Caris Life Sciences
Caris Life Sciences is a leading biosciences company focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine.  As the first commercial mover in comprehensive molecular profiling in oncology, Caris Molecular Intelligence™ is an industry vanguard, with 60,000-plus patients profiled and counting. Ordered by nearly 6,000 oncologists in 59 countries, Molecular Intelligence correlates molecular data generated from a patient’s tumor with biomarker/drug associations derived from clinical cancer literature. Using a variety of advanced and clinically-relevant technologies, Caris provides oncologists with the most clinically actionable information to help them personalize treatment for cancer patients. This multi-technology approach enables Caris to provide therapeutic guidance for 51 drug associations, compared to the 19 that can be found through use of next-generation sequencing alone. The company is also developing a series of blood tests based on its proprietary Carisome® platform — a revolutionary blood-based testing technology for diagnosis, prognosis, and theranosis of cancer and other complex diseases. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Caris Life Sciences offers services throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and other international markets. To learn more, please visit