Newswise: Grief and Loss for cancer patients in the Era of COVID

Newswise: Grief and Loss for cancer patients in the Era of COVID . “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a time period of grief in many forms, even grief unrelated to the loss of life – some caused by the need for isolation measures to slow the spread of the virus. You might grieve for people who have caught the virus, grieve your loss of routine and grieve the loss of feelings of safety and security in the world. As a cancer patient, you may feel grief about not having loved ones present for treatment.”

Times of Israel: New Google project in Israel aims to use AI to help detect colon cancer

Times of Israel: New Google project in Israel aims to use AI to help detect colon cancer. “Google’s Verily Life Sciences has said it will open a research and development center in Israel that will focus on applying artificial intelligence technology to biomedical problems. The R&D center will move forward with research conducted by Google Health and the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Verily said on Thursday.”

University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute: Huntsman Cancer Institute Study Shows Cancer Misinformation Common On Social Media Sites

University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute: Huntsman Cancer Institute Study Shows Cancer Misinformation Common On Social Media Sites. “A new study published online today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports that one third of the most popular cancer treatment articles on social media contain misinformation. Further, the vast majority of that misinformation has the potential to harm cancer patients by supporting approaches that could negatively impact the quality of their treatment and chances for survival. The study also showed that articles containing misinformation garner more attention and engagement than articles with evidence-based information.”

EurekAlert: Maximizing cancer survival, minimizing treatment side effects with AI

EurekAlert: Maximizing cancer survival, minimizing treatment side effects with AI. “Computer scientists at the University of Illinois Chicago are developing a computational artificial intelligence system they hope will serve as a decision support tool for doctors prescribing treatment for head and neck cancer. The work is supported by a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.”

Becker’s Hospital Review: Popular social media videos on bladder, prostate cancer source of misinformation, study finds

Becker’s Hospital Review: Popular social media videos on bladder, prostate cancer source of misinformation, study finds . “Top-viewed YouTube videos on bladder and prostate cancer often present inaccurate or low-quality information, according to two recent studies led by researchers at New York City-based NYU Langone Health. The first study, published in the journal of European Urology, evaluated the first 150 of 242,000 YouTube videos that come up when searching bladder cancer. Researchers used validated instruments to evaluate each video’s overall quality.”

SaltWire Network: ‘Queering Cancer’ website creates community for LGBTQ+ cancer patients

SaltWire Network: ‘Queering Cancer’ website creates community for LGBTQ+ cancer patients. “With help from colleagues at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and the University of Alberta, [Evan] Taylor created the ‘Queering Cancer’ website . The online support system includes a peer support forum, patient stories and a searchable database of cancer resources specific to LGBTQ2+ people.”

EurekAlert: AI predicts which drug combinations kill cancer cells

EurekAlert: AI predicts which drug combinations kill cancer cells. “Researchers at Aalto University, University of Helsinki and the University of Turku in Finland developed a machine learning model that accurately predicts how combinations of different cancer drugs kill various types of cancer cells. The new AI model was trained with a large set of data obtained from previous studies, which had investigated the association between drugs and cancer cells.”

Cancer Data Science Pulse: “Count Me In” Gives Patients a Voice in Scientific Discovery

Cancer Data Science Pulse: “Count Me In” Gives Patients a Voice in Scientific Discovery. “What makes the program unique is that it creates a new pipeline for clinical and genomic cancer data by partnering with patients to collect information. This type of ‘citizen science’ is a largely untapped but vital part of data science. It gives patients an opportunity to share their data directly with scientists. Those data include clinical and patient-reported information, as well as samples from tumors, saliva, and blood for genetic analysis.”

CBC: New website aims to improve care for LGBTQ cancer patients

CBC: New website aims to improve care for LGBTQ cancer patients. “A new website aims to tackle the disparities LGBTQ cancer patients face in access to screening, treatment and support, its creators say. Queering Cancer is a new website that will go live [this] week and offer peer support and resources for cancer patients who identify as LGBTQ, and health care professionals. The website will include a searchable database of cancer information and resources, a peer support forum and a collection of stories from cancer patients.”

Los Angeles Times: Coronavirus is forcing breast cancer patients to make tough decisions

Los Angeles Times: Coronavirus is forcing breast cancer patients to make tough decisions. “The coronavirus that emerged only months ago has forced sudden and dramatic changes throughout the medical world. Annual checkups, routine surgeries and other procedures have been cut back or canceled to minimize exposure to the virus that has infected more than 1.7 million people and caused more than 100,000 deaths globally. The challenges are even greater for people who are already grappling with a serious illness.”

Stanford Medicine: AI tool created to guide colorectal cancer care with more precision

Stanford Medicine: AI tool created to guide colorectal cancer care with more precision. “A new modeling tool may be able to help doctors assess which treatments are best for individual patients with colorectal cancer. The artificial intelligence program analyzes a patient’s disease details — such as the stage of cancer and other chronic conditions — and compares those details to other colorectal cancer cases to predict the patient’s chance of surviving past 10 years.”

Purdue University: Purdue Scientists Join in Launch of Cloud-based Canine Cancer Database to Benefit Humans and Their Best Friends

Purdue University: Purdue Scientists Join in Launch of Cloud-based Canine Cancer Database to Benefit Humans and Their Best Friends. “The National Cancer Institute has announced the development of the Integrated Canine Data Commons (ICDC), which has significant ties to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Developed by the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, the cloud-based repository of spontaneously arising canine cancer data was created with the goal of advancing human cancer research by enabling comparative analysis of canine cancer.”

Medical Xpress: New database could help lead to personalized treatments for breast cancer patients

Medical Xpress: New database could help lead to personalized treatments for breast cancer patients. “All current breast cancer drugs were first tested in cell lines. Each cell line began as cancer in a patient. As such, each cell line is a surrogate for that patient’s disease. A new database of 40 breast cancer cell lines, developed by Medical University of South Carolina investigators, will help researchers deepen their understanding of these cell lines and speed the development of new gene-targeted therapies.”

Harvard Business Review: When a Cancer Patient Tests Positive for Covid-19

Harvard Business Review: When a Cancer Patient Tests Positive for Covid-19. “Our team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) needed to urgently develop a way to care for our patients with Covid-19 at home to detect escalating symptoms that would require immediate care. In March, the Hospital Incident Command System, which focuses on emergency planning and response, commissioned a team to fast-track a solution. Six days later we launched the Covid-19 Cohort Monitoring Program, a team and set of technologies for safely managing cancer patients with Covid-19 at home.”