Center for Cancer Precision Medicine Web Site

Case Study

Center for Cancer Precision Medicine Web Site

The Center for Cancer Precision Medicine (CCPM) is a joint effort by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to accelerate development of “personalized” therapies for cancer treatment.

The meaning of “personalized” is actually “genetic” and the work being done at CCPM is a cutting-edge effort to identify and target cancer mutations at the genetic level. Visitors to the site, however, will not see terms like genetics or gene therapy very often. This is not an oversight, it’s an intentional decision which ripples through the site’s structure, taxonomy, and editorial content.


Because, scary though a cancer diagnosis is to a patient and their family, conversations that fold in futuristic concepts like genetics add to stress and anxiety rather than reduce them. With that in mind, the client asked to minimize use of gene-related terminology and to instead refer to “personalized” or “precision” treatment.

I was tapped to work on this project following a similar, big-data, cancer treatment web project completed for competitor Mass General Hospital. The UX cycle was for this project was short and lean. Building on my previous experience with Mass General, I was asked to move straight into wireframes following stakeholder interviews.

Specific goals for the CCPM site were to:

  • Establish a leadership position in the growing field of precision medicine
  • Encourage participation in clinical trials
  • Work seamlessly within the parent web site structure and user experience

Tasks & Deliverables

  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Site map
  • Wireframes

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Work Samples