Who Really Needs Cancer Surgery? Math Can Help Tell | Video

Endometrial cancer affects 48,000 US women per year. For patients with tumors greater than 2cm the effected organ(s) and lymph nodes may be surgically removed. Yet post-surgery analysis shows that 78% of these surgeries may have been unnecessary.

Mathukumalli Vidyasagar discusses how new computational algorithms from National Science Foundation-sponsored research have been successfully applied to cancer data in a clinical translational setting.\'a0One such algorithm can predict the time to tumor recurrence in ovarian cancer patients and has been shown to predict the efficacy levels of several natural product compounds on lung cancer cells. This cutting-edge research in machine learning and computational algorithms has the potential to transform clinical practice and personalized cancer treatment therapies.

credit : NSF / Univ. Texas at Dallas