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CANCER'S 'WORLD WIDE WEB'

April 7, 2006
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For several years, clinicians and computer scientists in the U.S. and abroad have been trying to improve cancer care -- from diagnosis to treatment -- by building vast, interconnected databases full of patient information. They call these repositories "medical grids" and envision the day when a physician in Strasbourg or New Delhi can see, for example, that an indecipherable image of a patient's lung is very similar to that of a San Francisco patient, whose case history could inform the decision to perform a biopsy. Technology Review (http://www.technologyreview.com/BioTech-Diagnostics/wtr_16440,304,p1.html)