The UK seeks to use data to personalize care for cancer patients by setting up the world’s largest single cancer database, which will contain detailed medical information for the 350,000 types of cancer diagnosed across its population. The government maintains that the database will deliver “real-time” data on cancer patients to researchers and clinicians. The instant dispatch of information will give cancer specialists access to information on how varieties of tumors respond to treatment, as well as other detailed clinical information that will help physicians individualize cancer treatments.
The database will also include historical cancer records from the last 30 years, which includes upwards of 11 million records. The combined registry is the result of a five-year project to merge England’s cancer registries into one registry that is centrally managed and subject to the same processes and standards.
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