Student Researcher: Olivia Tong, MSc Student, Western University
Project Title: Development of 3D surface imaging for monitoring treatment in breast cancer patients
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women. Many women diagnosed with breast cancer undergo chemotherapy to reduce tumor size before breast surgery. However, not all patients respond well to the standard chemotherapy, and it can take more than a month to determine if a drug is effective. Past research has shown that the level of blood oxygenation in the tumor area during chemotherapy increases in one day after infusion of the drug, but this phenomenon only happens in those patients that respond well to the chemotherapy drug. We are developing the world’s first non-contact scanner that can accurately predict patient responsiveness to chemotherapy drugs within one day. This scanner will open up research opportunities in personalized medicine. A successful project outcome will also reduce treatment cost and improve women’s health care.