Mathematics has risen to the occasion again, and this time to the aid of oncologists in cancer prediction, especially while assessing the outcome of patients in a two-year time frame.
Mathematical formula can actually help specialists make predictions using computers and this can prove to be a road map to better treatment of cancer patients.
During the study, specialists found that forecast of future symptoms experienced by a set of patients undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy was possible with the help of computer software. It enabled a better evaluation and assessment, much more than oncologists with great experience.
"In our opinion, individualized treatment can only succeed if prediction models are used in clinical practice. We have shown that current models already outperform doctors. Therefore, this study can be used as a strong argument in favour of using prediction models and changing current clinical practice. We know that there are many factors that play a role in the prognosis of patients and prediction models can combine them all. Our study shows that it is very unlikely that a doctor can outperform a model," she said.