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Sarculator: how to improve further prognostication of all sarcomas.

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Prognostication of soft tissue sarcomas is challenging due to the diversity of prognostic factors, compounded by the rarity of these tumors. Nomograms are useful predictive tools that assess multiple variables simultaneously, providing estimates of individual likelihoods of specific outcomes at defined time points. Although these models show promising predictive ability, their use underscores the need for further methodological refinement to address gaps in prognosis accuracy.

RECENT FINDINGS: Ongoing efforts focus on improving prognostic tools by either enhancing existing models based on established parameters or integrating novel prognostic markers, such as radiomics, genomic, proteomic, and immunologic factors. Artificial intelligence is a new field that is starting to be explored, as it has the capacity to combine and analyze vast and intricate amounts of relevant data, ranging from multiomics information to real-time patient outcomes.

SUMMARY: The integration of these innovative markers and methods could enhance the prognostic ability of nomograms such as Sarculator and ultimately enable more accurate and individualized healthcare. Currently, clinical variables continue to be the most significant and effective factors in terms of predicting outcomes in patients with STS. This review firstly introduces the rationale for developing and employing nomograms such as Sarculator, secondly, reflects on some of the latest and ongoing methodological refinements, and provides future perspectives in the field of prognostication of sarcomas.

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