Even with these technological advances, the complicated and diverse disease affects everybody. Although many common types of cancer are curable (breast, prostate, testicular, cervical, melanoma, thyroid and Hodgkin Lymphoma), more must be done to ensure a better future for cancer patients. One of the biggest constraints on cancer research today is the lack of large data-sets that show how patients have responded to various treatments. Could Big Data be the key to unlocking the cure?
|Figure 2. Tessa Jowell|
Ex-UK MP Baroness Tessa Jowell became the first person to donate their medical information to the site. The 70-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain tumour in May 2017, a diagnosis she kept secret from the public until September last year when she tweeted: “Thank you for so much love and support on my birthday. More people living longer better lives with cancer is my birthday pledge”. She has been praised around the world for her bravery and selflessness, with cancer researchers calling her donation a ‘game changer’ in the medical field.