Saturday, July 7, 2007

Synonymy in the Neoplasm Classification

The Developmental Lineage Classification and Taxonomy of Neoplasms contains (on 7/7/07), 130,359 classified neoplasm terms distributed over 5,826 concepts, yielding an average exceeding 20 terms per concept. An example are the synonymous terms for adenocarcinoma of the prostate.

prostate with adenoca
adenoca arising in prostate
adenoca involving prostate
adenoca arising from prostate
adenoca of prostate
adenoca of the prostate
prostate with adenocarcinoma
adenocarcinoma arising in prostate
adenocarcinoma involving prostate
adenocarcinoma arising from prostate
adenocarcinoma of prostate
adenocarcinoma of the prostate
adenocarcinoma arising in the prostate
adenocarcinoma involving the prostate
adenocarcinoma arising from the prostate
prostate with ca
ca arising in prostate
ca involving prostate
ca arising from prostate
ca of prostate
ca of the prostate
prostate with cancer
cancer arising in prostate
cancer involving prostate
cancer arising from prostate
cancer of prostate
cancer of the prostate
cancer arising in the prostate
cancer involving the prostate
cancer arising from the prostate
prostate with carcinoma
carcinoma arising in prostate
carcinoma involving prostate
carcinoma arising from prostate
carcinoma of prostate
carcinoma of the prostate
carcinoma arising in the prostate
carcinoma involving the prostate
carcinoma arising from the prostate
prostate adenoca
prostate adenocarcinoma
prostate ca
prostate cancer
prostate carcinoma
prostatic cancer
prostatic carcinoma
prostatic adenocarcinoma
prostate gland adenocarcinoma
adenocarcinoma of the prostate gland
adenocarcinoma of prostate gland
prostate gland carcinoma
carcinoma of the prostate gland
carcinoma of prostate gland

This kind of synonymy is needed if you want to implement autocoding software that will successfully capture all of the cancer terms included in a sampled text.

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