Eric Lefkofsky: Technology Meets Oncology

Eric Lefkofsky’s is a Detroit, Michigan native. His interest in cancer patients started with his wife’s diagnosis of breast cancer. He accompanied his wife on several cancer treatments. Although he was pleased with her treatment he noticed a lapse in communication among the medical team. When his wife went for a test the doctor would have to send for the records. There was no centralized location where all of her information was stored. However, through much researching and putting his resources together, he founded Tempus Labs. This Lab is designed to give the doctors a complete look into the patient’s diagnosis and treatment as a whole. The Tempus Labs company provides a platform for doctors to use to treat patients.

Tempus Labs are responsible for gathering, collecting and storing data about cancer patients. The personalized data is readily available for the doctors to use as an analysis to better treat the patients. Mr. Lefkofsky hopes Tempus Labs information helps doctors to better diagnose the cancer patients. In addition, to Managing Tempus Labs, Eric Lefkofsky is a philanthropist. He and his wife founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to the advancement of education, arts, human rights, culture, and medicine. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, The Art Institute of Chicago, and World Business.

Eric Lefkofsky is currently on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. His interview with Dr. David Agus was very profound and heartfelt. Its posted on his YouTube channel titled Can The Right Data Kill Cancer? His hopes of having a unified database for all oncology patients will take time. However, he has the resources and funds to get the job done. His desire to help cancer patients get better-diagnosed drives him to achieve more. He believes oncologist should be equipped with the best technology has to offer to better serve their patients.

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Dr. David Samadi, Former Fox News Host, Weighs in on Romney’s Surgery

Dr David Samadi was born in Iran and lived there until the end of the Iranian Revolution. He made it to the United States by way of Belgium and London and earned his high school degree in New York state. He earned his first college degree from Stony Brook University and finished his education at the school in 1994. David Samadi completed postgraduate schooling at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Montefiore Medical Center. His final stop was at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001.

Dr. Samadi is best known for two things, being the Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and his five year run on Fox News where he was host of Sunday Housecall.

In mid January of 2018, Dr. David Samadi wrote on the Huffington Post about former presidential candidate and congressman Mitt Romney’s recent medical scare.

Mitt Romney says he was diagnosed with prostate cancer during the previous summer. The good news is, he handled all of the necessary procedures before making the announcement concerning his recent medical history. Due his diligence, Romney was able to confirm that he was in remission after a successful surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California.

Dr. Samadi goes on in the article to explain how he believes that Romney and his surgeon made an excellent decision. “I have several reasons why I recommend surgery over radiation,” Samadi begins. “One is patients treated with radiation are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer and one and a half times more likely to die sooner than men [who] had prostate cancer treated with surgery.”

Whenever you get radiation treatment for cancer, there is always a chance that the radiation treatment itself may cause another type of cancer, such as bladder or rectal cancer. Radiation has negative side-effects on those parts of the body and if the cancer does not respond to the radiation in the way preferred, it can be very difficult to perform surgery on the patient.

Along with Mitt Romney, fellow politicians Colin Powell and John Kerry were diagnosed with prostate cancer and all chose surgery. Each one has survived the initial surgery and are doing fine.

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