Web-based PREDICT Prostate Tool Provides Personalized Cancer Prognosis

Web-based PREDICT Prostate Tool Provides Personalized Cancer Prognosis
A new web-based tool, called PREDICT Prostate, incorporates patients' clinical and demographic data to provide a personalized prognosis to men with prostate cancer, helping them choose between radical treatment or watchful waiting. The online tool was launched the same day the results of the study, "Individual prognosis at diagnosis in nonmetastatic prostate cancer: Development and external validation of the PREDICT Prostate multivariable model," were published in PLOS Medicine. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity among men. In most cases, the disease manifests itself later in life, progresses slowly, and is usually not life-threatening. However, in some cases, prostate cancer may become aggressive, spread to other tissues and organs, and be fatal. "Estimating prognosis within these contexts is therefore highly important. Despite this importance, there are no high-quality individualized prognostic models available for clinical counseling and decision-making," the researchers said. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), current prognostic models are only 60-70% accurate. After showing that the accuracy of these models can be improved to more than 80% by categorizing patients into five risk categories instead of the typical three, researchers from the University of Cambridge are now developing a personalized prediction tool that would be available
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Joana is currently completing her PhD in Biomedicine and Clinical Research at Universidade de Lisboa. She also holds a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology from Universidade de Lisboa. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that make up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.

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