Dynamic Strategy for Personalized Medicine: An Application to Metastatic Breast Cancer. Journal of biomedical informatics Chen, X., Shachter, R., Kurian, A., Rubin, D. 2017


We compare methods to develop an adaptive strategy for therapy choice in a class of breast cancer patients, as an example of approaches to personalize therapies for individual characteristics and each patient's response to therapy. Our model maintains a Markov belief about the effectiveness of the different therapies and updates it as therapies are administered and tumor images are observed, reflecting tumor response. We compare three different approximate methods to solve our analytical model against standard medical practice and show significant potential benefit of the computed dynamic strategies to limit tumor growth and to reduce the number of time periods patients are given chemotherapy, with its attendant side effects.

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jbi.2017.02.012

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