Cancer patients in New York depend on their doctors to choose appropriate treatment plans. Presentations at a recent American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, however, shared conclusions from long-term studies that showed some cancer therapies were unnecessary or meaningless.

Read more: Long-term research concludes some chemotherapy unnecessary

New York patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, may get a more accurate diagnosis if they undergo magnetic resonance imaging on both hands. A new study shows that bilateral MRIs are better at diagnosing the disease than unilateral MRIs. The study was published in the Journal of Rheumatology.

Read more: Bilateral MRIs more accurate for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis

New York residents who are concerned about cancer may be interested to learn that genetic blood testing may be able to detect the early stages of some cancerous conditions. According to researchers, a set of three different genetic tests detected early-stage lung cancer between 38 and 51 percent of the time. The researchers also report that the genetic tests detected advanced-stage lung cancers with nearly 90 percent accuracy.

Read more: Detecting lung cancer with blood tests

New York patients who are undergoing testing for potential skin cancer may be interested to learn that a deep learning convolutional neural network may be more accurate when detecting benign or malignant skin lesions than human professionals. The study to test this involved researchers from the U.S., France and Germany.

Read more: Neural network able to diagnose skin cancer better than doctors

Doctors in New York could be misdiagnosing nearly 25 percent of all age-related macular degeneration cases, according to a study. The research was published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Read more: Serious eye condition commonly misdiagnosed


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