Project No. 10

AI: Computing solutions for prostate cancer

Is your prostate cancer a tiger or a pussycat?

S c r o l l   R i g h t

What could this achieve?

This project aims to develop a new way to classify prostate cancer. This could help doctors decide the best treatment option for individual patients depending on their prostate cancer subtype. This kind of “disease classification” has already improved the treatment of other diseases, like breast cancer.

How?

Dr Brewer and his team will use complicated mathematical and artificial intelligence tools to analyse a huge amount of data from the PanProstate Cancer Group. This analysis will enable them to discover disease subtypes that may behave differently to each other.

The Future- what’s next?

The team have already proposed two novel classifications based on their research. They will now apply their techniques to the data from the PanProstate Cancer Group - a particularly large amount of already existing data - to develop a new classification system.

What could this achieve?

This project aims to develop a new way to classify prostate cancer. This could help doctors decide the best treatment option for individual patients depending on their prostate cancer subtype. This kind of “disease classification” has already improved the treatment of other diseases, like breast cancer.

How?

Dr Brewer and his team will use complicated mathematical and artificial intelligence tools to analyse a huge amount of data from the PanProstate Cancer Group. This analysis will enable them to discover disease subtypes that may behave differently to each other.

The Future- what’s next?

The team have already proposed two novel classifications based on their research. They will now apply their techniques to the data from the PanProstate Cancer Group - a particularly large amount of already existing data - to develop a new classification system.

Project Start

March 2020

Research Facility

University of East Anglia

Budget

£110,000/year

End

March 2024

The Project

Prostate cancer is the name used for all cancers that start in the prostate. However, prostate cancer tumours can be very different from each other, with some cancers growing very slowly and remaining confined to the prostate for decades (pussycats) while others rapidly grow, are aggressive, and lead to advanced disease and death (tigers). This project will use complicated mathematical and artificial intelligence tools to analyse a huge amount of data. They hope to discover disease subtypes that may behave differently. This kind of “disease classification” has already radicalised the treatment of other diseases, like breast cancer. Some cancers might have unique features which make them particularly suitable for a certain type of treatment, and identifying cancers that are grow quickly or are unlikely to grow at all can help to decide if treatment is needed in the first place. Avoiding unnecessary treatment in slow growing disease means less men will experience side-effects. This is called precision medicine. Choosing a treatment specific to the type of cancer a person could be the future of prostate cancer treatment, if projects like this one are successful.

Check back soon to find out more about Dr Dan Brewer’s research project!

 

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