Cancer treatment and management is ripe for personalized medicine: each person's cancer is different genetically and would likely to respond to different treatment. But in order to personalize treatment options for patients, the healthcare provider needs to crunch through large amount of data -- from personal genomics to know pathways on how drugs interact with genes. This task is ideally suited for computers, which can analyze a lot of data quickly in search of an optimal combination of treatment.
That is exactly what IBM Research has proposed to do in Italy. Love to see stories like this whether advances in computing have a direct impact in saving lives!