Posted by: 2in10 | 02/22/2011

cancer commons app

Lately I have run across references to cancer as a chronic disease, that this would be a good thing. Cancer is a managed disease for many, and we are all grateful for the days and years of life people gain. However, we should not give up the goal of getting over cancer, getting rid of it, and truly being well.

Back in January, the Associated Press ran an article on Cancer Commons, a Web application that is designed to help patients find the best treatment for the cancer they have wherever the doctors, clinical trials, or research initiatives might be.

Founder Marty Tenenbaum, a successful dot-com entrepreneur, was diagnosed with melanoma in 1999. Through special relationships with staff at the National Cancer Institute he gained access to cutting-edge treatment.

The Web application he launched in 2011 will “bring together patients, physicians and scientists regardless of where they work, live or went to college in hopes that the so-called wisdom of the crowd can lead to the best therapies.”

Tenenbaum, an advocate for open-science, said, “How much of cancer could be turned into a manageable disease if we only knew what we knew?”

Tenenbaum is making an important contribution to personalized medical solutions. I like using the power of the Web to connect everyone concerned about a particular cancer and to break down boundaries, but I don’t like the idea of managing cancer. I think the real challenge is to go back several steps and correct the biochemical imbalance that allowed cancer to overwhelm our bodies and in the process dispel chronic inflammation and other byproducts of contemporary life that cause arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and more.

In Xconomy, Luke Timmerman wrote on January 4, 2011, “The growing Internet savvy, and fierce motivation of cancer patients, is clearly an emerging force that Tenenbaum is betting will drive the adoption of the Cancer Commons. ‘Cancer patients ar the ones with their hair on fire. They want their lives saved,’ Tenenbaum says.” Amen! (The italics are mine.)

I invite you to visit www.cancercommons.org where people with melanoma can use the targeted therapy finder to identify the melanoma subtype and get info on best treatments and others can learn about this project.

Carolyn

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