Frequently Asked Questions

Who developed the PREDICT programme?

PREDICT has been developed by a partnership between The Breast Unit at Cambridge University NHS Hospital, the University of Cambridge Department of Oncology and the NHS Eastern Cancer Registry and Information Centre (ECRIC).

How was the computer programme developed?

The team used information held by the Eastern Cancer Registry and Information Centre on nearly 5700 women treated for breast cancer between 1999 and 2003. Using this information we were able to see how individual factors affected survival at five years and ten years.

How do I know that PREDICT gives the right answers?

Every effort has been made to make sure that PREDICT gives the correct answer based on our current knowledge. Our findings are based on women treated in the East of England but we have also tested that they give the same results on nearly 5,500 women treated in the West Midlands. To the best of our knowledge the PREDICT tool works equally well for all women in the UK. We have also tested PREDICT on over 3,000 women treated in British Columbia, Canada.

The theory behind PREDICT and the results have been presented to leading breast cancer clinicians from across the world at the 32nd Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, in 2009 at San Antonio, Texas USA. Three scientific papers describing the work have been reviewed by scientists and clinicians (see Publications for details).

Where can I find more information on Breast Cancer?

There is a great deal of information on Breast Cancer on the web. One of best and most reliable sources is Cancer Research UK. The information is written by experts, is up to date and in a style that is easy to understand.