Cancer research starts with a willing patient who gives their permission to let doctors and researchers use their data for research. This picture means so much to us because you can see clearly how eager David was to participate in a clinical trial. He knew it was a long shot. He knew it might not save him. But he also knew that they would learn something from his participation that would help other people, and that's all he ever really wanted to do. He would be so happy to know that his records are now part of an international cancer research platform that will help people around the world.
Earlier this year, Cavatica.org launched as an online platform for cancer research data and collaboration. The pilot project data is brain cancer, and never before have researchers had this much data at their fingertips. Real-time access to big data analytics is only the beginning. The data collected by member hospitals is connected to clinical data and biosamples (blood, tissue, etc.) It's also connected to other public datasets like The Cancer Genome Atlas, allowing researchers to see both adult and pediatric data through the same portal.
It's very exciting, but what really empowers a platform like this is "big data". We need to add thousands of highly annotated records to the database to help it reach its full potential. Your donation helps put individual patient's data into the cloud where researchers from around the world can see it and work with it.