For patients and their families, the moment of a cancer diagnosis is something that will be remembered vividly for years. Giving patients detailed information is crucial in helping them come to terms with the diagnosis.
But no two cases are quite the same. Doctors currently have only limited ability to tailor their advice on survival to individuals. Research supported by Geoff Oatley (Gas Engineering 1959) is mining a wealth of NHS data to analyse the impact of pre-existing health conditions on cancer survival, which will help to develop a tool for clinicians to give a more accurate prognosis to each client.