Journal article

Machine learning to support social media empowered patients in cancer care and cancer treatment decisions

Daswin De Silva, Weranja Ranasinghe, Tharindu Bandaragoda, Achini Adikari, Nishan Mills, Lahiru Iddamalgoda, Damminda Alahakoon, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Raj Persad, Evgeny Osipov, Richard Gray, Damien Bolton

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A primary variant of social media, online support groups (OSG) extend beyond the standard definition to incorporate a dimension of advice, support and guidance for patients. OSG are complementary, yet significant adjunct to patient journeys. Machine learning and natural language processing techniques can be applied to these large volumes of unstructured text discussions accumulated in OSG for intelligent extraction of patient-reported demographics, behaviours, decisions, treatment, side effects and expressions of emotions. New insights from the fusion and synthesis of such diverse patient-reported information, as expressed throughout the patient journey from diagnosis to treatmen..

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