The age-old fight against cancer has made leaps and bounds in the past ten years. Technology has been a major component of this gain over the disease. Prevention and early detection methods have advanced to a much more effective and manageable level.
Physicians and scientists alike have shifted their focus towards early detection and the process of how different cancers develop and progress. With a wider scope of understanding, the power of technology has changed the way in which patients are screened for a range of cancers. Early detection is typically the strongest and most efficient tool doctors have in the fight against cancer and the progression of the deadly disease.
Take a look at a short overview of just a few of the ways in which technology has changed how doctors and patients are fighting against one of the human race’s most deadly enemies.
Microsoft’s Project Hanover
Microsoft recently announced its new project which is aimed towards a technology integrated into a system that can quickly process thousands of published research documents to find the most recent and relevant information relating to the data on a particular patient. The program then suggests the most appropriate treatment model.
Plans for the system involve work with the Knight Cancer Institute to develop a machine that can learn and personalize treatment plans for acute myeloid leukemia, specific cancer that is most often a fatal diagnosis.
NASA uses space technology
NASA has turned its interests away from the stars and towards the fight against cancer. A machine that once identified sameness between different galaxies has been reworked to analyze human tissue samples for signs of cancer.
The hope is to develop something similar to a CT scan that contains thousands of archived images that will help to discover early signs of cancer. Eventually, this development will revolutionize cancer research, early diagnosis, and proposed risk of development. NASA is currently working with dozens of esteemed institutions worldwide to further this research.
Google’s DeepMind Health
DeepMind Health, owned by search engine giant, Google, is currently working alongside University College London Hospital (UCLH) to improve CT and MRI scans used to detect head and neck cancers and tumors. The results of these tests are highly complicated and take an average of four hours to analyze with a trained human eye.
Refining this life-saving prevention and detection technology has the potential to lower analysis times on CT and MRI scans to just one hour. Doctors will have much more time to spend with patients, continuing education, and vital research.
Nanorobotics sent to attack cancer cells
Polytechnique Montreal and McGill University have developed a nanorobotic technology that can travel through the blood to seek and destroy malignant cancer cells present in tumors. Studies have not yet been moved to human trials, but success has been found in the treatment of colorectal tumors in mice.