Recovering breast cancer patients’ views about the use of in-vivo biosensors to personalise radiotherapy treatment

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Abstract
This report covers an important component of the EPSRC-funded IMPACT project that is developing implantable biosensors to monitor the tumour micro-environment so as to target X-ray dosage to hypoxic areas, thereby maximising the effectiveness of the treatment (www.eng.ed.ac.uk/impact).This qualitative study explored the views of breast cancer patients about implanted biosensors through a series of semi-structured interviews with 32 women who had successfully completed a course of treatment. The aim was both to consider detailed aspects of patients’ willingness to benefit from a possible technological enhancement of treatment and also to understand their views on the challenges of living with what that treatment might mean.
Year of Publication
2015
Type of Work
Publisher
IMPACT Project
City
Edinburgh