‘Big Data’ for cancer care

Vast storehouse of patient records will let doctors search for effective treatment . (VIDEO)

A major oncology group is launching an ambitious project to collect data on the care of hundreds of thousands of cancer patients and use it to help guide treatment of other patients across the health-care system.

Cancer doctors would be able to consult the database, much like doing a Google search. They would get advice on treatment strategies that might work for their patients based on how similar patients fared in practices around the U.S.

Details of the plan are being unveiled Wednesday by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a nonprofit professional association.

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Source: Wall Street Journal