Breakthrough in cancer research that reduces the analysis time from two months to only 47 seconds per patient,
One of the greatest advantages of supercomputing is that it offers researchers tools to study some of the world’s most deadly diseases more effectively than traditional computing methods. Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of NantHealth and the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, recently achieved a breakthrough in cancer research that reduces the analysis time from two months to only 47 seconds per patient, according to the institute.
The institute explained that oncologists can now compare nearly every cancer treatment option available before the patient undergoes treatment. This is based on genetics, cost and risk.
By using a supercomputer, Soon-Shiong conducted real-time analysis of more than 6,000 cancer genomes from 3,022 U.S. patients in only 69 hours. Traditional research of this magnitude would have taken between eight and 10 weeks, the institute said.
“We can’t reduce the cost of care and improve outcomes in cancer if we don’t have the capability to know the right treatment for the right patient before treatment begins,” Soon-Shiong explained. “We needed a national supercomputing infrastructure that brings genomic medicine into clinical practice. By placing supercomputers in the hands of physicians, that need is now a reality.”
Supercomputing making research progress a reality
Supercomputing projects are taking place around the world in hopes of finding cures for a number of ailments. ABC News reported earlier this year that Rutgers University’s high performance computing center is one of the most important systems because researchers at the university hope to make significant strides in cancer, genetics and medical imaging, among other areas.
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