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Opinion: Working together, data scientists and cancer researchers can transform cancer treatment

Exposing more cancer researchers and oncologists to data science and data scientists to the complexity of cancer has the potential to transform treatment.

At a time when data and data science are increasingly essential to improving cancer care, oncologists and cancer researchers often lack the training needed to understand and leverage the data to their fullest extent. Similarly, data scientists often lack an understanding of cancer biology and a patient’s journey through the disease, both of which are necessary to gather and query data appropriately to answer a myriad of important biological and clinical questions.

Take, for example, a case recently discussed at a big data meeting hosted by Susan G. Komen, the organization we work for: A data scientist

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