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

IMPACT project

Ikegwuonu, T   Haddow, G   Tait, J   Kunkler, I

May 2015

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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.

IMPACT survey report 2015 PDF, 1.6MB