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hit the search engines, and you’re just overwhelmed with information that’s mostly irrelevant, incomprehensible, or out of date.”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

Finding Cancer Cures in Our Own Backyard

Shortly after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2013, Stacey Tinianov went in for her first mammogram. Several days and one biopsy later, she got a phone call that said she, too, had breast cancer.

“I went from my very first mammogram to, ‘you need to have a mastectomy,’ in two weeks,” Stacey said. “And what I was missing were options. I was missing options with context.” Continue reading…

Cancer Commons Launches Pathfinders Conversation Series

On June 10, 2014, Cancer Commons held the inaugural event in its new Pathfinders Conversation Series (PCS). The Conversation brought together researchers, physicians, patients, the Cancer Commons team, and The Pathfinders (Cancer Commons’ donors) for an evening in Palo Alto, CA, to discuss some of the biggest challenges in cancer research today. Several guests who had personally dealt with cancer opened with their poignant stories, and the event progressed into a discussion of how existing data and information could be captured, analyzed, and shared more efficiently, for the benefit of all cancer patients.

“Information is the biggest deficit and really the lowest hanging fruit to changing the whole world of cancer,” said John Adler, MD, Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and Founder of Cureus. “As a community of physicians and patients, we need to take charge of our medical information and create something bigger than we can as individuals.”

To read more about the discussion that took place, see our Need to Know blog post Finding Cancer Cures in Our Own Backyard. To see how you can join the next PCS event as a Pathfinder, visit our Give page or contact us.