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Cracking the Code: How AI is Unveiling Cancer’s Secrets

Michael Hunter, MD
11 min readSep 9, 2023

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CAN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE HELP MANAGE OR PREVENT CANCER? Today, we focus on how researchers are cracking the code: How is AI unveiling cancer’s secrets?

I recently thought about my day as an oncologist and was surprised at how artificial intelligence (AI) infiltrates every corner of my specialty, breast cancer.

Screening mammograms? Check. Helping read the pathology report? Check again. Helping predict what drug is best for breast cancer treatment? Yup, AI can help.

First, a sobering observation from the late Stephen Hawking:

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

AI and Breast Cancer

But what about artificial intelligence in healthcare? AI is involved in the care of the vast majority of my patients.

Today, I want to share how AI is revolutionizing the practice of cancer medicine. We’ll look at the following examples:

  • Breast imaging and artificial intelligence
  • Breast pathology and artificial intelligence
  • Breast cancer risk prediction

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has tremendous potential to advance clinical practice and patient care delivery.

Overview

Cancer remains among our most challenging health issues, affecting millions worldwide.

Despite significant advances in medical science and technology, the fight against cancer remains an uphill battle. However, in recent years, a formidable ally has emerged in this battle:

Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is rapidly becoming a game-changer in cancer prediction, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Michael Hunter, MD

I have degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Penn. I am a radiation oncologist in the Seattle area. You may find me regularly posting at www.newcancerinfo.com