Machine Learning Boosts Cancer Prognosis

Andrew Myers

Stanford University Human-Centered AI

Jan 19, 2021

Among the most pressing matters cancer patients and doctors discuss is how serious the disease is and how long the patient can expect to live. These are tough conversations that affect how the patient is treated. And for most of medical history, life-expectancy predictions have mainly been educated guesses based on the physician’s knowledge and experience, among other information. Recently, however, significant improvements have been made to the accuracy of these important predictions by turning to artificial intelligence. A new algorithm could lead to greater accuracy in cancer prognosis and, ultimately and most importantly, to better care for patients.

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