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Big Data in Oncology Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | November 18, 2014

This week in health care trends, our spotlight on “big data” in oncology includes updates about prostate cancer research, the unusually high cost of skin cancer treatment, and advances in research about pancreatic cancer formation.

The three articles below are from our dedicated Big Cancer Data e-magazine. We’re constantly adding valuable content to this updateable magazine, so make sure to check our e-magazine frequently for new intelligence. You can follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)

big data cancer buttonA Snapshot of Prostate Cancer

This overview of prostate cancer covers statistics about incidence, risk factors, and mortality in the U.S. over the last 20 years. It also provides a snapshot of recent advances and research, especially those affiliated with the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Mayo Clinic Researchers Identify First Steps in Formation of Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at Mayo Clinic recently announced in Cancer Discovery that they have “identified first steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer and that their findings suggest preventive strategies to explore.”

Skin cancer treatment costs rose five times faster than for other cancers

In a recent article, the Washington Post highlights a new CDC study which found that over the last decade, the cost of treatment for skin cancer saw “an increase of 126 percent, while treatment costs rose by just 25 percent for all other cancers during the same time period.”


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