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Time For a Change?


"My latest journal entry titled "Wouldn't It Be Nice; A Whimsical Diversion" appears below:

An extremely frustrating aspect of a PCa diagnosis has been the lack of consensus among the recognized experts. Most all practitioners including urologists, radiologists (a diverse group unto themselves), medical oncologists and a variety of surgeons seem convinced that each of us are ideal candidates for their area of expertise. Too often we PCa warriors rely on the first specialist we encounter or equally worrisome we research our options to the best of our ability and base our decision on woefully incomplete data. Either way it's a crap shoot. For the life of me (said with tongue only partly in cheek), I can think of no other affliction where the treatment choice is so problematic.

A couple of months ago the TV program "Sixty Minutes" covered a potential solution to our dilemma. The show covered a cancer center located at the University of North Carolina where a team of experts develop treatment plans for cancer patients who have failed standard therapy using the computerized Watson System of Artificial Intelligence. AI capability enables the team to formulate its plans on all the up-to-date medical literature published world wide including clinical trial results.

Wouldn't it be nice if one institute or another with Watson AI capability focused on prostate cancer? Us PCa warriors can only hope.

To view the "Sixty Minutes" segment; see 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/artificial-intelligence-positioned-to-be-a-game-changer/

For those interested in my on-going on-line journal; see http://protondon.blogspot.com/

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