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.”

CNN: They have been married 46 years and just overcame Covid-19, cancer and chemo together

CNN: They have been married 46 years and just overcame Covid-19, cancer and chemo together. “A Texas couple is feeling extra blessed after beating the coronavirus, cancer and finishing chemo. Robert and Janice Beecham have been married for 46 years, and this year they are happy to be recovering after a spring full of turmoil.”

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.”

CNET: Give IBM your unused computing power to help cure coronavirus and cancer

CNET: Give IBM your unused computing power to help cure coronavirus and cancer. “When Sawyer Thompson was just 12 years old, he discovered his father Brett unconscious in their Washington, DC area home. Sawyer called an ambulance and Brett was rushed to the hospital, where the family learned the worst: He had brain cancer. After a year of surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, Brett’s cancer is in remission. But Sawyer wanted to do more to fight against cancer, and is tapping his interest in tech to make a bigger difference.”

Immuno-Oncology News: FDA’s New ‘Project Patient Voice’ to Share Symptoms Data From Cancer Trials

Immuno-Oncology News: FDA’s New ‘Project Patient Voice’ to Share Symptoms Data From Cancer Trials. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an initiative called Project Patient Voice to create a publicly available information bank describing patient-reported symptoms from cancer trials for marketed treatments. The initiative is a part of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), which is designed to advance the development and regulation of oncology products for all types of cancers.”

EurekAlert: Innovative smartphone-camera adaptation images melanoma and non-melanoma

EurekAlert: Innovative smartphone-camera adaptation images melanoma and non-melanoma. “An article published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO), ‘Point-of-care, multispectral, smartphone-based dermascopes for dermal lesion screening and erythema monitoring,’ shows that standard smartphone technology can be adapted to image skin lesions, providing a low-cost, accessible medical diagnostic tool for skin cancer.”

UNC School of Medicine: Wood helps create, lead international COVID-19 database of people who have blood cancer

UNC School of Medicine: Wood helps create, lead international COVID-19 database of people who have blood cancer. “A University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has helped establish an international database to collect and share information that could help improve care for patients with blood cancer who are positive for COVID-19. The ASH Research Collaborative’s Data Hub launched the COVID-19 Registry for Hematologic Malignancy to capture data on people who test positive for COVID-19 and have been or are being treated for blood cancer.”

TechRepublic: New database of pediatric COVID-19 patients hopes to protect vulnerable children with cancer

TechRepublic: New database of pediatric COVID-19 patients hopes to protect vulnerable children with cancer. “The Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer combines several COVID-19 resources for medical professionals specializing in treating pediatric cancer, including a resource library, a global registry of pediatric cancer patients infected with COVID-19, and a collaboration space for healthcare professionals.”

Techdirt: Oncologists Say The Absolute Best Information They’re Getting These Days Comes From Twitter

Techdirt: Oncologists Say The Absolute Best Information They’re Getting These Days Comes From Twitter. “t’s become sort of a common refrain among many that social media is only good for spreading misinformation and disinformation. I’ve even seen some people claim that social media is to blame for misinformation spreading about COVID-19. This is not to say that such information doesn’t exist, and isn’t being spread, but it ignores how much useful information is being spread as well.”