In short, Iris Nagtegaal's research entails the following:
CUP fight: detecting the origin of metastatic disease
'Cancer of unknown primary sites (CUP) refer to all metastatic cancers where no primary location has been determined. This patient group accounts for 2.5% of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. The outcomes in this patient group are poor, because treatment is usually based on the primary location of the cancer. Even with the current improved diagnostic methods, ever year approximately 1,300 patients are diagnosed with CUP in the Netherlands. Their survival is less than 6 months. With artificial intelligence, we will explore big data in order to determine metastatic patterns of patients with a known primary location and develop a probability model based on metastatic location. We will subsequently incorporate routinely used biomarkers to optimize decision making, which we will test in a proof-of-concept study. As a result of our study we will deliver a prediction model that can be used in a prospective clinical trial to improve outcomes of patients with CUP.'
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