Cancer Commons Announces Cancer Maps: A New App to Empower Patients with the World’s Collective Knowledge

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hit the search engines, and you’re just overwhelmed with information that’s mostly irrelevant, incomprehensible, or out of date.”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…


Marty Tenenbaum to Speak at Upcoming Mount Sinai Conference

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.


Heather Rangel Raises Funds for Cancer Commons at Joyful Memorial Event

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.

Marty Tenenbaum with Heather Rangel


Upcoming Talk by Marty Tenenbaum: Can Big Data Cure Cancer?

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.


Genome Magazine Covers Cancer Commons

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.”

Read the whole story.


Video: Marty Tenenbaum Speaks at the ALCF's Lung Cancer Living Room Event

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 video from the event is now available:

Lung Cancer Living Room 04-22-14 from Peninsula TV on Vimeo.

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.


Marty Tenenbaum to Speak at ALCF Lung Cancer Living Room, April 22

Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum will be the guest speaker at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s (ALCF) monthly Lung Cancer Living Room event on Tuesday, April 22. 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.


Big Data Meets Cancer: Netflix CPO Neil Hunt Explains Why Cancer Commons Matters in TEDx Talk

Late last year, Netflix Chief Product Officer and Cancer Commons supporter Neil Hunt gave a talk at TEDxBeaconStreet. He believes that big data analysis outside of traditional clinical trials can help identify personalized treatments for individual patients that can significantly improve their chances of survival. As Hunt explains, Cancer Commons is an exciting embodiment of this new approach to life-saving cancer research. Watch the video:


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