Cognitive modelling of Chinese herbal medicine’s effect on breast cancer

  • Daniel Lee
  • Hong Xu
  • Huai LiuEmail author
  • Yuan Miao
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  1. Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence in Health Informatics



Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has recently attracted increasing interests in cancer treatment. It was found that TCM-based treatment, combined with other therapies, can help improve patients’ life quality. However, the existing research in TCM lacks a systematic modelling for the causal relationship of the factors related to the diagnosis and decision making.


In this paper, we proposed the use of fuzzy cognitive map (FCM) to represent the cognition of TCMs usage in cancer treatment.


Through a case analysis, we analyse and summarise the effects of Chinese herbal medicine in breast cancer management.


FCMs can visually represent the cognitive knowledge, particularly the causal relationship among key factors of TCM effects and the related breast cancer status.


Cancer treatment Traditional Chinese medicine Fuzzy cognitive map 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harmony Chinese Medicine Osteopathy and AcupunctureKewAustralia
  2. 2.College of Engineering and ScienceVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and Software EngineeringSwinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia

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