Technology has been revolutionizing the way how healthcare and medical treatment is delivered to patients from all age groups. One of the latest technological advancement in the field of cancer treatment may soon revolutionize the standards course of treatment for breast cancer patients.
Chemotherapy may now not be the only answer for women battling breast cancer. A team of researchers in the UK have now come up with a computer algorithm that can predict whether breast cancer is likely to spread to other organs in the future. This test is specially tailored for patients in whom breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
It inspects and understands 40 different cell patterns and deduces if the cancer is likely to spread to other areas of the body. Most breast cancer deaths happen because cancer spreads to other organs such as lungs and liver.
This test is expected to filter out patients with little or no risk of their cancer metastasis. These women can be spared heavy doses of chemotherapy and other drugs that often have side effects such as hair loss, nausea, weakness, and joint pain.