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Arming oncologists and researchers with more genomic data

Arming oncologists and researchers with more genomic data

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 21, 2017

Eric Lefkofsky, the billionaire co-founder of Groupon, was astonished a few years ago when he realized firsthand the marginal amount of genetic and molecular data available to cancer patients during treatment.

A fan who wears his Cubs pride uniquely

A fan who wears his Cubs pride uniquely

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 15, 2016

True fans of a certain Chicago baseball team are said to bleed Cubbie blue. But Beckham Zobrist wears his loyalty upfront: The 7-year-old Cubs fan's prosthetic eye bears the team logo.

Innovations: Startup's liquid biopsies match cancer patients with trials

Innovations: Startup's liquid biopsies match cancer patients with trials

By Erica Teichert  |  August 20, 2016

Guardant Health, based in Redwood City, Calif., developed a liquid biopsy blood test that has helped match cancer patients with clinical trials and treatment options without costly or invasive biopsies. CEO and co-founder Helmy Eltoukhy calls it a “game changer” for oncology.

Doctors, insurers flock to Medicare's cancer payment demo despite questions

By Bob Herman  |  June 29, 2016

Seventeen private health insurance companies and more than 3,200 oncologists working in almost 200 medical groups will participate in the federal government's new cancer care project, but critics argue the program may not easily lower costs or reduce unnecessary and potentially harmful care.

Biden pushes cancer research data-sharing, threatens to pull funds from outliers

Biden pushes cancer research data-sharing, threatens to pull funds from outliers

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 29, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday stressed the importance of research data-sharing and affordability in cancer treatments as goals for his Cancer Moonshot initiative. He also threatened to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results.

Blog: Biden says cancer 'moonshot' needs more teamwork

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 06, 2016

In an emotional speech, Vice President Joe Biden urged the 30,000 oncologists attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual conference to work together in the search for a cure for cancer.

Cancer drugs cost more in U.S.

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 06, 2016

It's well-known that Americans pay more for healthcare and drugs than many other nations, and a recent study confirms that the trend is the same when it comes to oncology drugs.

Breast cancer screening guidelines spark a racial divide

Breast cancer screening guidelines spark a racial divide

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 07, 2016

Some health and civil-rights advocates say guidelines that recommend women postpone breast cancer screenings until they are age 50 should not apply to black women, who are more likely to die if they contract the disease.

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