Same-day diagnosis TO SAVE LIVES
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.