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Watson for Oncology is an artificial intelligence (AI) system, developed by IBM with the aim of providing the best possible treatment to patients suffering from lung, breast and colon cancer and other types of cancer.

WATSON for Oncology Artificial intelligence in the service of Oncology

Watson for Oncology (WFO) is an artificial intelligence (AI) system, developed by IBM with the aim of providing the best possible treatment to patients suffering from lung, breast and colon cancer and other types of cancer. It has the capacity of continuous learning, from articles as well as from patient case studies entered in the WFO database from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In spite of its processing power, Watson does not make decisions; it is used as a guiding tool to help doctors decide on the best possible treatment.

The frequency of cancer incidents is continuously increasing. International institutions estimate that 14 millions new cancer cases will occur every year.

However, it is also estimated that for scientists to get updated on everything that’s happening in the field of Oncology today, they must put in 167 hours of study every week. Considering that in 75% of the cases the disease is not expected to respond to the medication and treatment modifications will be required, it is easy to realize that dealing with cancer is a very difficult and complex issue.

The need for access to knowledge and vast volume of information has led IBM and a team of scientists to develop a latest generation platform called WATSON for Oncology (WFO).

What is Watson for Oncology?

Watson for Oncology is a new technology that gives cancer doctors more information – from insights from top doctors in the US, the latest data from international literature, and many treatment options.

It is a cutting edge technology tool, using artificial intelligence in combination with a database that contains all documented knowledge in relation to Oncology and other related specialties. Any relevant new information is entered in the database by IBM experts working alongside the top oncologists of Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSKCC) Cancer Center in the US, so that the system is always kept fully updated. The WATSON for Oncology system has been developed to propose to attending oncologists treatment options that are in line with the guidelines of the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

How does technology design your personal treatment plan?

WATSON for Oncology:

  • Reads a vast body of medical literature in a few seconds.
  • Offers information to your attending medical team and ranks your treatment options based on expertise from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Provides scientific evidence that help your doctor to better design your treatment plan.

Cutting edge technology from HYGEIA in the hands of the doctors.

HYGEIA, once again an innovator in medical developments, has installed the WATSON for Oncology platform in cooperation with the information technology & artificial intelligence applications company, IBM. 

Oncologists will have a modern second opinion tool available, will be able to enter all information, exam results and data in relation to their patients, and receive a complete and comprehensive treatment proposal for most cancer cases in a matter of seconds. In this manner, oncologists shall be able to verify their proposed treatment plans, avoid ineffective treatments and suggest alternative solutions. Moreover, patients gain valuable time since they no longer need to look abroad for a second opinion, as all the available – on an international level – information is provided in a matter of minutes!

WATSON for Oncology is therefore a new, significant step forward for science and technology, paving the way for modern international medicine in the field of Oncology.

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