Curing Cancer with Cloud Computing

by Robert T
In Mark Kaganovich’s article featured on tech crunch titled, “The Cloud Will Cure Cancer,” Kaganovich explains how the implementation of cloud computing can accelerate the process of cancer research. Kaganovich mentions how prior to databases of medical journals, doctors would have to do more experiments, read more papers and attend more seminars in order to acquire useful information. “Large amounts of data combined with computers mean that researchers will have access to data beyond just what they can themselves collect or remember. A world with affordable massive data in the clinic and in the lab is on the horizon. This will mean exponentially faster medical progress.” The author explains how the addition of new research collected coupled with previously conducted experiments is what is going to make this technology help save lives. The author also firmly believes that the first area of medical research to benefit the most is cancer research.
The amount of people being diagnosed with cancer now-a-days is very high. Not to mention that cancer takes many shapes and sized. The type of cancerous cell that one individual has could have manifested itself in a completely different way from an entirely different cause. Now that doctors are able to consolidate all the different types of ways people can get cancer, the research that medical professionals conduct may become much easier. The author firmly believes that the more information acquired will have a direct effect as to how quickly cancer research will move forward. “As other types of data are measured for cancer cells we will learn more and more from data integration. The cloud can seriously help treat cancers by allowing researchers, doctors, and engineers gather, interpret, and integrate data on unprecedented scales.”

I found this article to be very interesting. Most of the time when people think of databases or cloud computing services, we tend to look at it from the businesses perspective. How can this technology provide us with a competitive advantage? How will this improve our sales? How accurate is our business intelligence? However, after reading this article it’s obvious that even the medical field can benefit from this technology. Now more than ever it seems that almost anything will give you cancer, and having a new way to help experiment and collect data to accelerate the rate at which we are finding cures for cancer is a step in the right direction.

“The Cloud Will Cure Cancer.” 29 March 20120. Tech Crunch, Mark Kanagovich. Retrieved 3 June, 2012. http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/29/cloud-will-cure-cancer/

4 thoughts on “Curing Cancer with Cloud Computing

  • June 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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    That’s very cool that the technology is being used for more than just business. This also reminds me of Stanfords Folding@home project where people would register their computers to collect, process and send data to them over the internet for research. Now it can be done much more efficiently.

  • June 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm
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    To play devils advocate, what did the cloud really do for the cancer research that was not available in the past? It seems like by having a central database that holds all cancer related data for physicians to access would be just as effective as the cloud. I think it’s a little far fetched stating that the cloud can help treat cancer. Just my opinion, good article!!

  • June 4, 2012 at 2:38 am
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    Cloud computing would definitely allow people working on the cure to cancer to share information in a much more organized manner. I can see how access to others’ research data would definitely speed up the progress on the cure, but what specific database would they use? It would take a lot of cooperation to get scientists to post their research online in the same accessible place.

  • June 4, 2012 at 3:26 am
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    The internet was developed primarily for researchers and engineers to share their information and research from any location connected on the network. This is a great example of what the internet was originally suppose to do, to link vast amounts of research information.

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