Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum spoke last weekend at Medicine X, Stanford University’s conference for new ideas in medicine and healthcare. He told the story of his personal melanoma fight, and how difficult it was to find the information he needed to beat his cancer. This experience led him to found Cancer Commons, with the goal of developing a rapid learning platform to help patients explore their options and make the best, most personalized decisions about their cancer care.
The Arizona Capitol Times tells the story of how Marty Tenenbaum’s personal experience with cancer led him to found Cancer Commons:
The result of Tenenbaum’s quest for effective personalized medicine is the nonprofit network of patients, doctors and scientists known as Cancer Commons. The organization’s mission is to ensure that patients and physicians have the knowledge they need to make the best possible personalized treatment decisions while continuously updating that knowledge based on each patient’s response.
The project is ongoing for Tenenbaum and his staff, since the more information they gather from individual cancer patients, the more specific – and effective – their treatments can be.
“It’s what gets me up every morning. It’s huge,” he said.
Update: This event has passed, but you can watch the full conversation here:
See Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum discuss “Big Questions, Big Data, and Big Science” on March 19 in Phoenix, Arizona. The event is hosted by AZBio, and will feature Marty in conversation with Joshua LaBaer, MD, PhD, of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. Visit the event page to learn more and register to attend.
Seventeen years ago, Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum learned he had melanoma. He leapt into action. He wanted the best treatment options he could possibly find.
“When you’re diagnosed, you’re put into this strange new world with no guidance,” Marty said. “You hit the search engines, and you’re just overwhelmed with information that’s mostly irrelevant, incomprehensible, or out of date.” Continue reading…
See Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum speak about the exciting projects underway at Cancer Commons at the upcoming 2014 SINAInnovations conference on Wednesday, Nov 19. The conference is being held by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. From the conference website:
This year’s theme “Engineering and Medicine” will include keynote addresses, short talks, lunchtime breakout sessions and demos in areas focusing on breakthroughs in material science, nanotechnologies and imaging; advances in genomics technologies; mobile application development and wearable technologies; cultivating how medicine and engineering interface and how advances in engineering are transforming medicine, biology and global health.
Register to be there in person in New York, NY, or visit the SINAInnovations website at 9:05 am EST (12:05 pm PST) on Nov 19 to see Marty speak via the live Webcast.
Pathfinder supporter Heather Rangel held a special fundraising event for Cancer Commons on Monday. The party celebrated the life of her good friend Jackie Tran, who recently passed from ovarian cancer. In Jackie’s honor, Heather brought together her friends and family to raise funds for Cancer Commons. The night opened with poignant words from Heather and Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, as well as an uplifting video that encouraged gratitude. A performance by the band Rusted Root drew guests to the dance floor for a joyful celebration.
Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, will be speaking at a special MIT Club of Northern California event in Mountain View, CA, on September 23. From the event registration page:
“Every year 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer and nearly half of those cases are considered incurable. But many of those ‘incurable’ cases may be beatable by exploiting biological features unique to each individual’s cancer. I will talk about a convergence of recent developments in genomics, big data informatics, social networks, and personalized medicine that is transforming the landscape of cancer research and treatment. Instead of aiming our efforts toward curing ‘cancer’ in the abstract, and often failing, we are now on the threshold of being able to give each individual the knowledge, resources, and tools needed to successfully treat the one disease that matters most to them.”
The event is open to the public. Visit the registration page for details and pricing.
New personalized medicine publication Genome features Cancer Commons in its latest issue. The article highlights Cancer Commons’ mission, with supporting remarks from Founder Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, and Executive Director William Wong, PhD.
From the article:
“[Cancer Commons is] the very model of personalized medicine, a way for cancer patients to have their unique challenges analyzed against the largest data set possible and be shown the most relevant data to their individual case. This is important for patients who often feel like they are adrift once they’re diagnosed, Tenenbaum says.”
Earlier this year, Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, spoke at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s (ALCF) monthly Lung Cancer Living Room event. Marty’s own cancer diagnosis and treatment journey inspired his current mission: to make sure critical information is shared and gets to the patients who need it. By collecting data from thousands of patient-donated lung cancer stories, Cancer Commons can begin to show patients and doctors patterns in treatment choices, side effects, quality of life, outcomes, and more.
The ALCF, one of our partner organizations, works directly with individual lung cancer patients to ensure they each receive the best possible care. The Lung Cancer Living Room is a monthly in-person and online support group event that informs patients about lung cancer.
Click here for more information, including how to attend in person (in San Carlos, CA) or online. Click here to read the description of Marty’s upcoming event.