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Technology versus Cancer (How can technology help?)


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There is a lot of cancer ‘moonshotting’ going on but what are the main ways that technology can help the fight against cancer?

This presentation is focused on how technological hardware, software, data, algorithms, artificial intelligence and wearables can help win the war against cancer. Emerging technology promises so much particularly when it comes to the battle against cancer.

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Technology versus Cancer (How can technology help?)

  1. 1. Technology vs Cancer
  2. 2. There is a lot of cancer ‘moonshotting’ going on but what are the main ways that technology can help the fight against cancer?
  3. 3. This presentation is focused on how technological hardware, software, data and algorithms can help win the war against cancer. It also touches lightly on some of the exciting advances in therapies that directly target cancer cells. These are often made more powerful and specific with the related advances in technology
  4. 4. Mobile Health
  5. 5. The following example is powerful as it proves the efficacy of ‘digital therapy’ via a randomized clinical trial The online follow up extended the median survival time from 12 months to 19 months, in advanced lung cancer patients. Quality of life also improved
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  7. 7. Recruiting cancer patients can be a challenge, for trial centers but also patients who may miss out on a chance to trial a life saving drug due to complex recruitment processes The next example is in cardiology but the same principle applies in oncology
  8. 8. Stanford’s, Apple research kit application MyHeart Counts, recruited 11,000 patients in just 24 hours Prior to research kit this would have taken at least 1 year with a cost of over $60 million* *based on $5500 per patient for phase 1 recruitment READ MORE
  9. 9. Wearables & Sensors 3D Printing
  10. 10. 3D Printing is proving a powerful tool to create replacement body parts including those lost due to cancer, as the next example shows
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  12. 12. But printing cancer? Brain tumor cells are being 3D printed to enable the testing of new treatments READ MORE
  13. 13. Wearables & Sensors 3D PrintingVirtual Reality Image via Medical Realities
  14. 14. Wearables & Sensors 3D Printing The first live virtual reality (VR) operation was screened this April in London. Dr Shafi Ahmed (pictured), Cancer Surgeon broadcast the operation in 3D around the globe. This has the potential to revolutionize training particularly in developing countries READ MORE
  15. 15. 3D Visualization and Augmented Reality are being used in the operating room to widen the teams field of view. This example was featured as number 8 in the Cleveland Clinic Top 10 innovations 2017 READ MORE
  16. 16. Wearables
  17. 17. MSK are using wearables in a trial to learn about the quality of life of Multiple Myeloma patients. These patients are subject to bone pain and fractures. The interesting hypothesis is that activity and sleep patterns will correlate with self-reported pain levels. Memorial Sloan Kettering tests wearables in cancer trial READ MORE
  18. 18. Wearable technology can also be used to detect cancer for example the ‘smart bra’ to detect breast cancer. They are also being used in prevention, for example the MC10 / Loreal UV patch that tells you when enough sun is enough! READ MORE
  19. 19. Wearables & Sensors 3D Printing Big Data
  20. 20. Microsoft scientists have demonstrated by analysing large volumes of search data that they are able to identify those suffering from pancreatic cancer before they have been diagnosed with the condition Microsoft finds cancer clues in search queries READ MORE
  21. 21. Flatiron are using big data to fight cancer, this includes a recent partnership with the FDA to use real world data to assess the efficacy of immunotherapies and other anti-cancer drugs Flatiron health turn the power of big data on cancer READ MORE
  22. 22. You can donate your mobile phone data while you are sleeping (if you live in Australia and own an Android phone) via an app called Dreamlab. This extra processing power has slashed the initial project timelines by 9 months Donate your mobile phone data? READ MORE
  23. 23. Wearables & Sensors 3D Printing Machine Learning
  24. 24. Machine learning and artificial intelligence tend to get linked with IBM Watson. The next example illustrates the partnership between Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center and IBM Watson. Large volumes of data from different patient profiles and treatments are analysed by Watson. Watson can recommend personalized treatments with ever increasing accuracy as it learns from more data
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  26. 26. Wired Magazine – Sept 20th 2016 IBM are not the only player in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space when it comes to cancer. Microsoft have a lofty goal to ‘solve ‘ cancer in the next 10 years using AI. READ MORE
  27. 27. Wearables & Sensors 3D Printing Big Data Robotics Photo Credit: Roger Schultz
  28. 28. The DaVinci surgical robot is able to augment the dexterity and accuracy of a surgeon. The robot can cut away certain types of tumors with a high degree of precision. The future is likely to involve even more targeted and perhaps autonomous nano robots removing cancer tissue. Image via READ MORE
  29. 29. Wearables & Sensors 3D Printing Big Data Gaming
  30. 30. Games can be used, particularly with young cancer patients to improve adherence and boost self-efficacy READ MORE
  31. 31. Genes in Space was the world’s first mobile game dedicated to analyzing cancer data. Gamers contributed to the analysis simply by playing the game. The entire genomes of 1980 patients were checked 50 times for accuracy READ MORE
  32. 32. Nanomedicine
  33. 33. Google Nano Particles Google are working on a pill containing nano particles that circulate the bloodstream and detect cancer. The idea is the particles report back to a wristband to indicate if cancer is detected The vision is that these nano particles could eventually become active fighters of the disease rather than just passive messenger particles READ MORE Image via Wired Magazine
  34. 34. Health Technology
  35. 35. Saliva Testing and Liquid Biopsies Liquid biposies are a fast and non-invasive way to test for the presence of tumors and monitor the progress of treatment. Fluids can include blood, spinal fluid and urine. This innovation was Number 4 in the recent Cleveland Clinic Top 10 innovations for 2017 An approach to detect cancer using saliva is currently being developed. READ MORE READ MORE
  36. 36. CRISPR and Cancer The powerful gene editing tool CRISPR is targeting cancer in the first ever human trial. The team will hope to edit genes in a patients immune cells so the recognize and attack cancer at the first signs of growth READ MORE
  37. 37. Thank you @garymonk +1-917-689-6053