The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), in their May 2022 newsletter, highlights Brad Power and the CancerHacker Lab’s initiative to focus on Advanced Prostate Cancer patients.
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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.
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Advocate Spotlight April 2022 – Brad Power Brad Power was a process innovation researcher and consultant with more than 35 years of experience, as well
The Harvard Medical School published an article and a very moving video about Linnea Olson. Check it out here: https://executiveeducation.hms.harvard.edu/linnea-olson-appreciation