Groundbreaking computer program diagnoses cancer in two days

7 octubre 2015

In about one in 20 cancer cases, the doctor can confirm that the patient has cancer — but cannot find the source. These patients then face the prospect of a long wait with numerous diagnostic tests and attempts to locate the origin of the cancer before starting any treatment. Now, researchers have combined genetics with computer science and created a new diagnostic technology based on advanced self-learning computer algorithms which can, with 85 per cent certainty, identify the source of the disease and thus target treatment and, ultimately, improve the prognosis for the patient.