Interview with Medical Director Kevin Knopf

In a new interview, oncologist and Cancer Commons Medical Director Dr. Kevin Knopf gives his perspective on the future of cancer research and treatment, including the role of Cancer Commons. He also discusses the potential benefits of value frameworks, which are tools that take a variety of factors into account in order to aid treatment decisions.

Read the full interview here.


NPR Covers Cancer Commons

CommonHealth, a blog affiliated with Boston’s NPR news station WBUR, recently posted an interview with Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum. Reporter Rachel Zimmerman caught up with Marty after a talk he gave at MIT in Cambridge. Marty told her his personal story, explained why Cancer Commons is collecting stories from other patients, and placed Cancer Commons’ efforts in the context of rapidly evolving understanding of the science behind cancer.

A quote from Marty: ” ‘We’re patient focused and science based; Our mission is to aggregate and analyze data, to provide patients with the best information — up-to-the-moment, personalized, and actionable to help them make informed decisions…like a Lonely Planet guide to cancer.’ ”

Read the full post here: http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/02/can-we-use-the-crowd-to-beat-cancer-seeking-patient-data-to-help-save-lives


Listen: Marty Tenenbaum Featured in New Mendelspod Podcast

Cancer Commons founder Dr. Marty Tenenbaum is featured in a new podcast from Mendelspod. In the podcast, entitled “4 Reasons Clinical Trials Don’t Work,” Dr. Tenenbaum outlines the shortcomings of the current state of the clinical trial system, and offer solutions for improvement. Cancer Commons is key to his vision of a revamped cancer research system that focuses on individual cancer patients to find answers faster. Listen on the website, or download the podcast to listen later.


Video: CC Board Member Dr. Larry Marton Discusses Personalized Medicine in New Podcast

In a recent video podcast, Cancer Commons board member Dr. Larry Marton discusses quality assurance in the context of personalized medicine. Dr. Marton is heavily involved at Cancer Commons; he tells our story at the 32:00 mark. From Mendelspod, makers of the podcast:

“Larry’s core message is that we must improve the quality of new clinical tests which have been translated from research. It is the key to demonstrating clinical relevance, he says. There are issues with sampling, with analytics, and with compliance. What can those in the industry do to better the quality assurance? And how can the industry better engage the medical community? A veteran shares his insights.”

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