Translating "Big Data" in Oncology for Clinical Benefit: Progress or Paralysis

Anna D. Barker*, Jerry S.H. Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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The molecular characterization of cancer through genomics, data from multiomics technologies, molecular-driven clinical trials, and internet-enabled devices capturing patient context and real-world data are creating an unprecedented big data revolution across the cancer research-care continuum. While big data has translated to benefit for some patients, it has also created new problems. Our intent in this brief communication is to explore some examples of progress and key challenges that remain. The problems are not intractable, but success will require rethinking and rebuilding an information and evidence-based learning system that moves beyond paralysis to shape a better future for patients with cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2072-2075
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


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