Presently, much of cancer treatment takes place based on the resources and technology from over twenty five years ago. These outdated techniques make it difficult to complete treatment based on what has been discovered since. Bureaucracy and the long wait time between when policy is created and executed have contributed to this problem.
Despite these barriers to progress, it is important for research scientists to persist in documenting information and making the correct analysis to further the development of cure and treatments for cancer. Even though many individual institutions and physicians document information about patients, research is not always able to access these sets of data. The results has been that existing efforts to collect patient information are very small, and the available samples do not provide enough evidence to influence broad scale outcomes. This is something that can be changed and will improve the overall quality of life for cancer patients.
There are a few things that can be done to solve this in the future. Independent research institutions can compile their data in order to collect larger scale information. Also, physicians and practitioners can improve the way that they perform patient diagnosis and treatment, by including more infrastructure or technology. By providing practitioners with the right tools and techniques to record information, the clinical processes will be integrated into research.This may improve the speed and accuracy of evidence based approaches so that drugs can be developed faster and with more ease.
Eric Lefkofksy, co-founder of Tempus Labs speaks to the importance of improving treatment mechanisms that are available for cancer patients. The advancement of genetic technology makes it easier for research in this area of medicine to take place. It is important to continue building on the available technology and resources in order to create innovative solutions.
Tempus Labs aims to cross the gap between infrastructure and research. Teams of biologists, engineers and oncologists have worked together to understand areas that need improvement in the scope of research and design initiatives. WIth a multidimensional perspective and innovative purpose, Tempus Labs works to improve the way that cancer treatment and research takes place.