Technologies Reshaping the Future of Oncology
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Technologies Reshaping the Future of Oncology

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Saturday, November 27, 2021

Researchers are experimenting with technology to get to a point where a cancer diagnosis is no longer a life-altering event that usually results in an untimely death, but rather a managed, chronic condition.

Fremont, CA: Cancer is the second biggest cause of death worldwide, accounting for one out of every six deaths. Individuals, families, societies, and governments are all affected on a physical, emotional, and financial level. Cancer research is still one of the most important topics of study in the medical field. The inventions that contributed to the quick creation of the COVID-19 vaccine were originally intended to cure cancer, such as the mRNA technology. It has since evolved into a forward-thinking approach for cancer immunotherapy, with researchers predicting that the field will continue to flourish in the future.

Some technologies that are reshaping the future of oncology:

Molecular cancer diagnostics

A potential and appealing precision oncology method is matching the proper targeted therapy to the right patient based on the particular molecular genetic mutations in each cancer patient's tumour. Oncompass Medicine matches genetic alterations detected in patients' tumour samples with effective targeted cancer therapy using AI-based algorithms. Patients will be able to obtain precisely targeted treatments based on the type of malignant tissue they have. Their RealTime Oncology Treatment Calculator can greatly improve the selection of the best targeted therapy for each cancer patient based on their cancer's unique molecular genetic profile.

Embedded and digestable sensors

Measuring health markers at home would be a valuable supplement to Oncology in many circumstances. Monitoring the effects of chemotherapy, for example, requires measuring body temperature. Digestible pillcams could be used at home to do non-invasive routine digestive system checks. Implanted sensors or digital tattoos might track every vital indicator, alerting both the patient and the caregiver so that actions can be prepared as soon as possible.

Precision surgery

Using surgical robots, surgeons may execute operations with previously unattainable precision. Operating tumours in the early stages or cancers close to delicate organs may become more viable than ever before by making the robot an extension of the surgeon's intellect and talents. Surgical robots now have 3D cameras that can simultaneously record and stream operations. The robot's added benefit is that it assists the physician, resulting in greater surgical precision than ever before.

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