Smart Watches Could Help Cancer Patients
Manchester scientists begins a ground-breaking project to see how wearable technology could be use to improve cancer care.
11:28 01 February 2022
Scientists in Manchester are exploring ways on how smartwatches could be used to help improve cancer care. By measuring the patient's skin temperature, heart rate, sleep and other vital signs, scientists hope that the devices could be used to determine the best possible treatment for each patient.
Besides smartwatches, scientists are also testing smart rings and chest-worn devices called the Isansys system.
One of the patients to take part in the study is Thomas Westworth, 70, from South Lakeland in the Lake District. He said: "I think the actual idea behind the trial is fantastic, I think it should help people.
"All the staff here at Manchester Royal Infirmary and other hospitals where I have been cared for have been fantastic, everyone is absolutely brilliant."
Dr Anthony Wilson, consultant in anaesthesia and critical care at MRI, is the clinical lead for the project.
He said: "Cancer places a huge burden on the lives of people everywhere.
"This study uses cutting-edge technology that can monitor people during their treatment, with devices that they can wear all the time.
"We hope that it will provide new insights into how people cope with cancer treatment and what we can do to improve their recovery."