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Whitepaper: 9 Ways to Improve Cancer Insights with Natural Language Processing

Improving cancer care and outcomes is dependent on many factors, but having good quality data on which to select treatment pathways, build predictive models and assess population patterns is essential.

However, much of the detailed and rich insights are trapped in narrative style surgical and clinical notes, pathology and radiology reports. This is the data needed to support treatment selection, predictive models, better understand cancer and lead towards a learning healthcare system, commonly viewed as essential for improved efficiency and patient outcomes.

NLP has been growing rapidly in healthcare, initially in research, but now in widespread use for computer aided coding and computer aided document improvement. NLP is set to grow significantly in coming years to address the needs expressed above and to support improved cancer care.

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