Childhood cancer is heartbreaking for families and even health care professionals. No one wants to see the kind of suffering cancer can bring, much less see it happening to children. A key area of cancer research is genomics. Actually figuring out the genetic make up of cancer cells and tumors can lead to better and more targeted treatments. At St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, they've used deep data and genomics to their advantage
Their database, and a web tool that's been developed from it, is called ProteinPaint and is available to doctors and researchers. It starts with types of cancer, then drills down to subtypes, associated gene mutations and chemical interactions as well as treatment options and data on outcomes. With all of this data, experts can see spot trends and make decisions on research projects. The depth of the information in the database is unprecedented and will definitely lead to better research and treatments.