Computer may be able to predict survival rate
Nov 11, 2011
A new computer technology may be able to identify the survival rates of those who are diagnosed with breast cancer, and it possibly could so better than pathologists, according to USA Today.
The computer model, called C-Path, looks at thousands of cell factors to predict survival in the patient, and the researchers were able to narrow them down.
"We found 11 [factors] ultimately that showed the most robust association with survival," lead author Dr. Andrew H. Beck and assistant professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, told the news source.
Beck added that he doesn't see it replacing pathologists but just becoming an added tool to help them diagnose patients, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is this disease the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.