“My main goal is to find some way of identifying more targetable markers that might give me more treatment options.” – Robert Ellis “What other
CancerHacker Lab™ supports advanced cancer patients and activist startups with “hackathons” – crowds that come together to help make complex cancer testing & treatment decisions.
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Patients and their families are overwhelmed.
An explosion of new treatment options and health data about each individual (genomics, proteomics, imaging, monitors, new biomarkers, increased frequency of sensor readings) is overwhelming oncologists and patients. Patients and their friends and family feel lost and despondent.
Batch thinking and rigorous adherence to a safe standard of care optimizes for the population but can be suboptimal for an individual patient.
Separate services are hard to integrate, and competing incentives (profit, cost, safety) are often at odds with the patient outcomes. Data is hoarded and local.
Some proportion of the million plus people diagnosed each year with cancer are smart and sophisticated and will leave no stone unturned to access their best treatment options, paving the way for others to follow.
Thousands of entrepreneurs are launching startups to fix the breakdowns that cancer patient experience in the health system and to disrupt the status quo.
Takeaways from Previous Hackathons
“The bottom line is that if you have a higher matching score, which is you have more mutations with drugs targeted to them, you get
“I wanted to have surgery because it allowed me to grab tissue, and that tissue was important to not only debulk my tumor, but also