To the participants in the Kasey Altman hackathon: I would like to share with you a video documentary (below) that was just released on Kasey Altman,
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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
Prostate Cancer Lab #33: A Patient’s View on Nutrition, Supplements, Integrative Oncology, and Complementary Therapies (Robert Ellis & Glenn Sabin)
“Integrative medicine, nutrition, and supplements can be extremely beneficial in our treatment…[but] it gets very complicated, very quickly.” – Robert Ellis “When all these precision
“Be honest with yourself, and be honest with your providers about symptoms you’re having. If a bone hurts, please tell somebody about it. If you’re