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12 December, 2016 00:00 00 AM
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Could a computer someday guide breast cancer care?

Could a computer 
someday guide 
breast cancer care?

An artificially intelligent computer system is making breast cancer treatment recommendations on a par with those of cancer doctors, a new study reports.
The IBM computer system -- called Watson Oncology -- made treatment recommendations that jibed nine out of 10 times with those of a multidisciplinary board of doctors at a top cancer hospital in India, researchers say.
In cases involving more complex cancers, however, the computer did not hit that 90 per cent mark.
Another version of Watson famously defeated two former winners on the game show "Jeopardy!" in 2011, winning a first-place prize of $1 million.
In its oncology role, Watson digests a patient's medical history and current cancer data in under a minute. It then spends another minute reviewing all existing medical evidence regarding their particular form of cancer, said study co-author Dr. S.P. Somashekhar, chairman of the Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Center in Bengaluru, India.
The program then lists possible treatments in three categories -- recommended treatments, treatments worth considering and therapies not recommended, Somashekhar said.
"It will show all of the options, and it will share the evidence," he said. 
"Clinicians in one minute can know what the options are according to the evidence. Then you're in a better place to make a right judgment, especially when you have too many choices and too many variables," Somashekhar said.
The computer program was developed with specialists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. For now, it's programmed to advise only on breast, lung and colon cancers. 
    HealthDay

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