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Five years ago Watson debuted on Jeopardy! in a matchup with two of the winningest contestants from the show, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson proved why he is a "supercomputer" by handily beating the two at the game. At the time, not many of the viewers envisioned that IBM's artificial intelligence machine would someday be important to their healthcare. Now, Watson is mainstream in TV commercials asking viewers, "How can I help you?" For a mesothelioma patient
, the answer might be, "Find the most effective treatment for me."
Thanks to a partnership between New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and IBM, Watson Oncology may soon be the go-to reference for oncologists, helping drive cancer care for all patients. Watson Oncology's primary strength lies in the massive database fed with data from MSKCC on how their doctors treat their cancer patients. While this amount of data is nearly impossi