Same-day di­ag­no­sis TO SAVE LIVES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

This year, more than 18,000 Aus­tralians will be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. Most of these women will spend many stress­ful weeks wait­ing to dis­cover the ex­act type of can­cer they have and how it can be treated. But a tech­nol­ogy break­through may soon change that. Sci­en­tists from the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in the US have taught a com­puter to iden­tify breast can­cer mark­ers quickly – a feat that may pro­vide same-day di­ag­no­sis and care op­tions.

One of the ad­van­tages of this tech­nol­ogy is that it rapidly eval­u­ates which breast tu­mours have oe­stro­gen re­cep­tors, which is a key in­di­ca­tor for what kind of treat­ment is then re­quired.

“With [this new] tech­nol­ogy, we can tell you [about an iden­ti­fied marker] the same day so there’s less de­lay, less stress and po­ten­tially bet­ter out­comes,” study au­thor Dan Ru­d­er­man ex­plains.

Al­though the tech­nol­ogy is still un­der­go­ing clin­i­cal tri­als, the sci­en­tists are hope­ful it will be avail­able for use at your doc­tor’s surgery soon.

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