New AI tool could help doctors better personalize breast cancer treatment – CTV

Feb. 10, 2023

Engineers at the University of Waterloo have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can help cancer specialists determine whether patients with breast cancer should receive chemotherapy prior to surgery.

The new algorithm could help some patients avoid the serious side-effects of chemotherapy, while making it easier for patients who would benefit from the treatment to receive it. It’s part of the open-source Cancer-Net information-sharing initiative led by Dr. Alexander Wong, a professor of systems design engineering at the university.

“Determining the right treatment for a given breast cancer patient is very difficult right now, and it is crucial to avoid unnecessary side effects from using treatments that are unlikely to have real benefit for that patient,” Wong said in media release issued on Tuesday.

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