Artificial intelligence can be trained to spot pancreatic cancer risk three years before diagnosis: study – CTV

May 9, 2023

According to a new study, artificial intelligence algorithms may be the key to identifying who is at the most risk of developing one of the most notoriously difficult cancers to diagnose early: pancreatic cancer.

In a study published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Medicine, researchers found that with the help of AI, they were able to identify those most at risk for developing pancreatic cancer around three years before diagnosis purely by using the patients’ medical records.

It could be a game-changer in battling this type of cancer, which is fast-growing and hard to detect, researchers say.

“One of the most important decisions clinicians face day to day is who is at high risk for a disease, and who would benefit from further testing, which can also mean more invasive and more expensive procedures that carry their own risks,” Chris Sander, faculty member in the Department of Systems Biology in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and study co-senior investigator, said in a press release.

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