Supercomputer Watson Extends Cancer Insights to 14 New US Cancer Treatment Centers

by Bidita Debnath on May 7, 2015 at 1:29 AM

Supercomputer Watson Extends Cancer Insights to 14 New US Cancer Treatment Centers
Fourteen US cancer treatment centers would join a partnership to get personalized care treatment plans from the company's Watson supercomputer, IBM said.

The project extends the use of Watson for cancer treatment based on a patient's own DNA and insights from a large database of medical literature and studies.

"Determining the right drug combination for an advanced cancer patient is alarmingly difficult, requiring a complex analysis of different sources of Big Data that integrates rapidly emerging clinical trial information with personalized gene sequencing," said Norman Sharpless, of the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"We are partnering with IBM in an effort to solve this decision problem with the help of cognitive technology and to improve the decisions we make with our patients to maximize their chance for cure."

According to IBM, Watson helps cut the time needed to analyze the best treatment options for cancer patients. By analyzing the patient's genetic makeup, and correlating that to research on other patients, a targeted treatment can be offered.

"We take a piece of their tumor and sequence it," Sharpless said. "That's where we see Watson helping."

IBM began applying Watson to cancer treatment in 2013 and last year moved into "genomic medicine" with New York Genome Center to (NYGC) for genetic-based treatments for brain cancer.

IBM made the announcement at its "World of Watson" event showcasing the capacities of the supercomputer known for defeating two human champions in the "Jeopardy!" quiz show.

Cancer centers joining the partnership, in addition to the North Carolina one, include Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, BC Cancer Agency, City of Hope, Cleveland Clinic, Duke Cancer Institute, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St Louis, New York Genome Center, Sanford Health, University of Kansas Cancer Center, University of Southern California Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, and Yale Cancer Center.

Source: AFP

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
'Hybrid Immunity' may Help Elude COVID-19 Pandemic
Stroop Effect
Plant-Based Diet may Reduce the Risk of COVID-19
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Cancer and Homeopathy Cancer Facts Cancer Tattoos A Body Art Common Lifestyle Habits that Cause Diseases Health Benefits of Dandelion Plant Tumor Lysis Syndrome Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Cancer Treatment Non-Communicable Diseases 

Recommended Reading
Famous Australian Actor Carrie Bickmore Calls for Brain Cancer Support
Australian TV personalities extended their support after Carrie Bickmore shared her experience of .....
Use of Statins Among Lung Cancer Patients Reduces Risk of Death from the Disease
While such findings are encouraging, researchers warn that the magnitude of the association was ......
Physically Active People Face Lower Risk of Some Cancers Such as Colon, Breast Cancers
Physical activities that increase breathing and heart rates to a very high level are more effective ...
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors may Lead to Cancers Outside Their Syndromes
Patients with GST are more likely to develop other sarcomas, melanoma, colorectal, esophageal, ......
Common Lifestyle Habits that Cause Diseases
Cigarette smoking, unhealthy diets, overuse of alcohol, and physical inactivity are some of the most...
Health Benefits of Dandelion Plant
What is dandelion? Dandelion greens are nutrition powerhouses with a wide range of health benefits. ...
Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Cancer Treatment
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are promising drugs to treat a variety of cancers and the FDA has appro...
Non-Communicable Diseases
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are a group of chronic non-infectious diseases which include Cardio...
Tattoos A Body Art
Tattoos are a rage among college students who sport it for the ‘cool dude’ or ‘cool babe’ look...
Tumor Lysis Syndrome
Tumor lysis syndrome is a collection of metabolic abnormalities due to the tumor cell lysis in patie...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use