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By Gregg A. Masters, MPH

Another of the highlights of FutureMed 2013 was the track on ‘the future of oncology’. In addition to the promise of favorably impacting both the early diagnosis and thus treatment outcomes for pancreatic cancer via the discovery of Jack Andraka, Ronald Levy, MD of Stanford wove a beautiful narrative of hope and promise that might best be represented by the following quote:

My dream is to get rid of chemotherapy and do it with the immune system..

Dr. Levy’s concluding slide outlined the visioned future for oncology:

The Future of Oncology Care

Meanwhile one could not be but immensely inspired by the clinical decision support and powerful AI platform demonstration detailed by Marty Cohn, MD. Witness ‘IBM Watson Demo: Oncology Diagnosis and Treatment’ developed in conjunction with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: