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A month has gone by without an entry to the YANA Discussion Forum. As has been my recent custom
I offer up one of my online journal articles for review and comment.
"What a blessing it would be for the treatment approach described below to materialize.
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 appear to regard us as an ideal candidate 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 featured 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 more effective plans based on all the medical literature published world wide including up-to-date clinical trial data.
Wouldn't it be nice if one institute or another with Watson AI capability focused on prostate cancer? Us PCa Warriors can only hope."
Best wishes...FYI my journal address is http://protondon.blogspot.com/
Ah Don, perhaps a bit of altruism there, as Charles Dickens once wrote "Great Expectations", and indeed they certainly would be, but the caveat of course, would be the the programming bias of the said computer manufactures.
Don I learned a very long time ago that consultants seek to act in what they perceive is their patient's best interests by virtue of their training. They all push their own wheelbarrows, it is up to you to decide which one to jump in.