A new model to identify cervical cancer tumours has been developed by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Arthur G James Cancer Hospital in the US.
The mathematical model uses information from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans taken before and during therapy to monitor changes in tumour size and find how the tumour is responding to treatment.
If the tumour is not responding to treatment, the patient can be changed to a more aggressive or experimental therapy midway through treatment, something not possible now, study said.
The study includes MRI scans and outcome information from 80 cervical cancer patients receiving a standard course of radiation therapy designed to cure their cancer.
The model is suitable for all cervical cancer patients and the investigators are developing a similiar technique that can be applied to other cancer sites.
The study published in the journal Cancer Research was supported by a National Cancer Institute grant.