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Cyber patient joins fight

12th October 2006

Cyber patients could soon be used to test out the success of treatment before it is given to real patients, according to a new study. A computer-generated virtual cancer patient has already been found to be able to predict how patients with advanced breast cancer will respond to treatment with 70 per cent accuracy, in a study of 33 patients.

The researchers from Nottingham City Hospital and the Institute for Medical Biomathematics in Israel carried out a retrospective study of the patients with advanced breast cancer that had spread to the liver, lymph nodes and lungs.

Revealed at a specialist cancer conference in Birmingham, the Cancer Research UK-funded study used the Optimata virtual cancer patient to predict response to two chemotherapy drugs: docetaxel and doxorubicin. The trial could eventually help specialists decide which treatments to offer individual patients and improve their survival rate.


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