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Volume 2 Issue 5, May 2020

Volume 2 Issue 5

Predicting lung cancer survival.

Lung cancer has a low survival rate and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 85% of lung cancer diagnoses. Mukherjee et al. developed and validated LungNet, an image-based deep learning approach trained on cohorts from various clinical centres, for the pre-diction of overall survival of patients with NSCLC. Their model outputs a risk score that can be used to stratify patients into high- and low-risk categories with regard to overall survival. Using transfer learning, the authors further showed that their survival model can be used for classifying benign versus malignant nodules.

See Mukherjee et al.

Image: Pritam Mukherjee, Stanford University. Cover Design: Karen Moore.


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News & Views

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Comment & Opinion

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  • Article |

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  • Article |

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