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New technique can detect subtle breast cancer lesions

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in women worldwide. In recent years, doctors in New York and across the U.S. have become quite adept at detecting many forms of the disease. However, some breast tumors have characteristics that make them more difficult to diagnose.

To address the issue, researchers have created a new way to identify these hidden breast cancer lesions. The MAMMA project, which is funded by the European Union, uses intelligent computer software with spatiotemporal descriptors to map the shape and behavior of lesions. Combined with a new computational system called radiomics, the software has been proven to outperform current breast cancer diagnostic techniques, including Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System descriptors.

Researchers believe the new technique will save lives by reducing the number of breast cancer misdiagnoses. They also believe it will prevent unnecessary treatments and lower health care costs. It could also be used to tailor specific breast cancer treatments for individual patients, improving their chances of a positive outcome. In the future, the technique could be modified to diagnose other types of the disease, including prostate cancer.

Early breast cancer detection can greatly impact a patient's chances of survival. If a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to detect cancer, a patient could suffer a worsened medical condition or even die. Victims may be able to obtain compensation for their losses by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible doctor and/or hospital. They might find it advisable to have the assistance of an experienced attorney when so doing.

Source: News Medical, "Researchers-develop-new-way-to-uncover-hidden-breast-cancer-tumors.aspxResearchers develop new way to uncover hidden breast cancer tumors", July 20, 2018

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