Origin Unknown? Not For Long...
A computer algorithm could help shed light on the origins of metastatic cancers
Roisin McGuigan |
Although most cancer patients present with a primary tumor, up to 15 percent first come to the oncologist’s attention with metastatic disease without a clear origin (1). Pathological study of cancers of unknown primary site (CUP) is challenging, and in roughly two to five percent of cases, no primary site is found (2) – resulting in a lengthy diagnostic process, and potentially delaying treatment. But what if a computer program could help identify the source?
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