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.”

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.”

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.”

Institute of Cancer Research: World’s largest sarcoma research database aims to revolutionise sarcoma treatment after multi-million pound investment

Institute of Cancer Research: World’s largest sarcoma research database aims to revolutionise sarcoma treatment after multi-million pound investment. “Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, working alongside collaborators from around the globe, are set to begin work on the world’s largest digital hub of sarcoma clinical and research data after receiving a £2.5m grant.”

DigitalHealth: Dr Google causes concern for Macmillan Cancer Support

DigitalHealth: Dr Google causes concern for Macmillan Cancer Support. “Charity Macmillan Cancer Support has said it is concerned patients are turning to the internet for information about the disease, leaving them feeling confused and depressed. Research from the charity, based on a YouGov survey of 2,000 people with cancer in the UK, revealed 39% look online for information about their diagnosis, and of these 27% feel anxious, depressed or confused afterwards.”

MSU Today: New Website Stimulates New Cancer Research Synergies At MSU

MSU Today: New Website Stimulates New Cancer Research Synergies At MSU. “Michigan State University has unveiled a new website highlighting the vast amount of cancer research being conducted throughout the university. The site…features the research of 95 faculty members spread across 20 departments and eight colleges.”

EurekAlert: ORNL researchers develop ‘multitasking’ AI tool to extract cancer data in record time

EurekAlert: ORNL researchers develop ‘multitasking’ AI tool to extract cancer data in record time. “To better leverage cancer data for research, scientists at [Oak Ridge National Laboratory] are developing an artificial intelligence-based natural language processing tool to improve information extraction from textual pathology reports. The project is part of a DOE-National Cancer Institute collaboration known as the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer (JDACS4C) that is accelerating research by merging cancer data with advanced data analysis and high-performance computing.”

Newswise: New website powered by St. Jude informs families facing childhood cancer no matter where the patient receives treatment

Newswise: New website powered by St. Jude informs families facing childhood cancer no matter where the patient receives treatment. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leader in the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, has launched Together… an online resource for anyone affected by childhood cancer. Together offers information about diseases, diagnosis and treatment options, as well as supportive care resources and shared stories of hope, healing and experience.”

Medical University of South Carolina: AI tool studied as way to provide cancer risk assessment in low-resource communities

Medical University of South Carolina: AI tool studied as way to provide cancer risk assessment in low-resource communities. “Originally designed as a type of social network provided through an app, ItRunsInMyFamily has evolved into a simple informatics tool that uses artificial intelligence and social networking to collect family health history from patients. Participants complete a short 10-minute questionnaire easily accessible through a website. The free survey, which was built by cancer and informatics experts, using the most current health care guidelines and models, helps individuals do a comprehensive hereditary risk assessment.”

EurekAlert: New open-source software judges accuracy of computer predictions of cancer genetics

EurekAlert: New open-source software judges accuracy of computer predictions of cancer genetics. “Because simple clinical methods to test for genetic variation are vulnerable to missing a lot of cell-to-cell variability, recent computer tools have been developed to predict and characterise genetic diversity within clinical tumour samples. However, there is no existing common benchmarking approach to determine the most accurate computational methods. The study, published in Nature Biotechnology, developed open-source software that can be used to judge the accuracy of computer predictions and establish this benchmark.”

Weill Cornell Medicine: Scientists Build the First Global Database and Roadmap for CAR Therapy Clinical Trials

Weill Cornell Medicine: Scientists Build the First Global Database and Roadmap for CAR Therapy Clinical Trials. “Weill Cornell Medicine scientists have built the first global database of clinical trials testing a rapidly expanding approach to cancer treatment that involves genetically modifying immune cells to recognize specific targets on a patient’s cancer cells and attack them. By analyzing the approach, called chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapies, the scientists designed a ‘therapeutic roadmap’ that identifies all current therapies as well as additional cancers that can be treated with them.”

Research Brief: Discovering how people with breast cancer use Facebook for support (University of Minnesota)

University of Minnesota: Research Brief: Discovering how people with breast cancer use Facebook for support. “Many people turn to social networks, such as Facebook, to connect with friends and family during times of crisis. A study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health recently analyzed the activity of breast cancer survivors on Facebook during their treatment and found while they posted more, they made relatively few requests for help.”

New York University: Combination of Artificial Intelligence & Radiologists More Accurately Identified Breast Cancer

New York University: Combination of Artificial Intelligence & Radiologists More Accurately Identified Breast Cancer. “An artificial intelligence (AI) tool—trained on roughly a million screening mammography images—has identified breast cancer with approximately 90 percent accuracy when combined with analysis by radiologists.”