Biomarkers 101

This on-demand webinar will provide an introduction to cancer biomarkers, its relevant terminology, and implications for cancer care.

This webinar is open to the public. You do not need to be an ACCC member to view this webinar, but you will need to create an account in order to register.  


Patricia Friend, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

This webinar is part of the BiomarkerLIVE webinar series which covers the foundational elements of biomarker testing and application in cancer care. Webinar topics include biomarker basics, inherited cancers, laboratory medicine, cost and coverage, and tumor-specific case examples. View the entire series in the Precision Medicine content library.

The BiomarkerLIVE education project is supported by AbbVie, Lilly Oncology, Merck & Co., Inc, and AstraZeneca. 

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Patricia Friend, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC

Associate Professor and Program Director Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Loyola University Chicago

Patricia Friend, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC, has advanced certification in oncology nursing and is board-certified in advanced genetics nursing. Her areas of expertise are in oncology and genomics, educational preparation of advanced practice nurses, online education, and interprofessional education and practice. Her doctoral dissertation work was supported by the American Cancer Society (doctoral scholarship) and a pre-doctoral fellowship (F31) from the National Cancer Institute. Her doctoral research, examining the interactions between stress and immune responses in women undergoing diagnostic breast biopsy, was funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, and the Chicago Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. Additionally, Dr. Friend has experience with educational training grants and currently leads a team of faculty supported by the NCI-sponsored Interprofessional Education Exchange (iPEX) Project, that is developing interprofessional education in palliative care.

Dr. Friend’s main area of clinical scholarship and research interest is in the area of genetics/genomics. She serves on the Genomics Advisory Board for the Oncology Nursing Society and is interested in improving genomic literacy of healthcare educators, students, and clinicians.

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