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Innovations to Fight Cancer

Innovations to Fight Cancer

From disease prevention to personalized medicine, organizations across the country are dispatching innovative efforts to win the fight against cancer.

The Collaborative Cancer Cloud aims to make precision medicine for cancer possible by 2020. Technology company Intel joined forces with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research to share and process large amounts of de-identified data about patients with cancer, including genetic, imaging and clinical data. Ultimately, the group wants to provide affordable, individualized treatments for patients within one day. 

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Tiny, implantable drones are on a mission to target and kill cancer cells inside the body. A Brigham and Women’s Hospital doctor created the rice-size drones to carry immunotherapy medicine and nanoparticles that amplify the effect of radiation. The drones are implanted into tumors and programmed to trigger the release of the medication on a specific schedule. Once the therapy is released, the drones biodegrade.

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Prevention coaches armed with an interactive, Web-based application are empowering patients in the clinic to create cancer prevention plans. Winner of a Patient Shark Tank competition at the Harvard Center for Primary Care’s Innovations Conference, the preventive care model makes it easy for patients to consult with a coach, develop a personalized prevention plan and schedule appointments for cancer screenings, such as a colonoscopy or mammography.

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