Data Mining and Analysis of Lung Cancer

Guoxin Tang (University of Louisville, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 144
EISBN13: 9781609603014|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-723-7.ch006
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and the world, with more than 1.3 million deaths worldwide per year. However, because of a lack of effective tools to diagnose lung cancer, more than half of all cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when surgical resection is unlikely to be feasible. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between patient outcomes and conditions of the patients undergoing different treatments for lung cancer and to develop models to estimate the population burden, the cost of cancer, and to help physicians and patients determine appropriate treatment in clinical decision-making. We use a national database, and also claim data to investigate treatments for lung cancer.
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