Cancer Commons News and Events

Interview with Medical Director Kevin Knopf

November 1, 2016

In a new interview, oncologist and Cancer Commons Medical Director Dr. Kevin Knopf gives his perspective on the future of cancer research and treatment, including the role of Cancer Commons. He also discusses the potential benefits of value frameworks, which are tools that take a variety of factors into account in order to aid treatment decisions. Read the full interview here.

ASK Cancer Commons Sees 500 Percent Surge in Weekly New Users

September 29, 2016

Since September 1, 2016, the weekly number of new patients and caregivers seeking help through our ASK Cancer Commons service has increased by about 500%, compared to previous months. This surge occurred organically, with new users finding out about the service solely by word of mouth.

Nature Features Cancer Commons

September 14, 2016

Cancer Commons is featured in a new article about precision medicine published in the scientific journal Nature. Read about our mission and how it fits in with other efforts to empower patients to take a more active role in medical research through data sharing.

Kiers Rowley and Dr. Simeon JaggernauthHost Kiers Rowley (left) and founder and CEO Dr. Simeon Jaggernauth at Tomstock 2016

Cancer Commons “Rocks for a Cure” at Tomstock 2016

August 30, 2016

Last weekend Cancer Commons representatives attended Tomstock, an annual benefit concert for the H8 Cancer Foundation. In the spirit of Woodstock, Tomstock was a love-in of sorts, especially for cancer patients and survivors. H8 Cancer has provided generous support to Cancer Commons, enabling us to help more people touched by cancer. We are honored and grateful to have been invited to participate at Tomstock 2016. Above:… Read more »

The Sydney Morning Herald Features Cancer Commons

August 7, 2016

Cancer Commons founder Marty Tenenbaum’s story of his own battle with melanoma is featured in an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald. The piece outlines how studying “super responders” could help improve cancer treatment for all patients. Read the full article here.

#PatientInsights: Sharing Cancer Tips and Tricks Through Social Media

August 2, 2016

The key to defeating cancer is the ability of doctors, researchers, and patients to share knowledge and insights with one another. In the United States, 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. An entire population of patients and families is gaining insights into their cancer every day, but these are not being effectively shared. To end cancer, it is imperative that we create a space for patients to be equal partners in the data sharing conversation.

Dominique Kim and Toni AlejandriaDominique Kim and Toni Alejandria show their support at the HackCancer White Party

HackCancer Throws Party in SF to Raise Funds for Cancer Commons

May 24, 2016

On May 21, HackCancer held its 4th Annual White Party in San Francisco. 100% of the net proceeds go to Cancer Commons and will help us get the right treatments to the right patients at the right time. A huge thank you to the organizers and to all who attended! Above: Dominique Kim and Toni Alejandria show their support at the HackCancer White Party. See more… Read more »

Exceptional responders in oncology competition

Cureus Announces Winner of Exceptional Responders in Oncology Competition

January 25, 2016

51 case reports were submitted to our Exceptional Responders in Oncology competition with Cureus. Now, the winning report has been announced: Unresectable Extraskeletal Myxoid Chondrosarcoma of the Neck: Early Tumor Response to Chemoradiotherapy. Congratulations to Mark Zaki, Pam Laszewski, Natasha Robinette, Husain Saleh, Naweed Raza, Ammar Sukari & Harold Kim! Read more about the competition and the winning case report here.

Cancer Commons Partners with Gliimpse to Enable “N of 1” Research

December 18, 2015

We’re happy to announce a successful partnership with Gliimpse, a platform that helps people organize their private healthcare info in a single, secure profile. In a case study, several breast cancer patients shared their Gliimpse profiles with Cancer Commons’ expert network. We were able to respond with insights to help patients navigate their own care. Next step: patients will be able to donate their Gliimpse… Read more »

Radiologists Encouraged to Recommend Cancer Commons to Their Patients

December 11, 2015

At last week’s Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, radiologists were encouraged to use social media to guide patients to valuable online resources—including Cancer Commons. Social media gives doctors a great opportunity to connect with patients, said Elliot Fishman, MD, at the meeting in Chicago. He urged radiologists to use social media platforms to promote sites like that can help patients learn and be more engaged… Read more »