For doctors, getting the right balance between treatment intensity and side-effects can be hard. Now a digital-era solution is emerging. According to a paper lead-authored by USC computer science researchers, wearable activity trackers could be a useful tool to evaluate and help treat cancer patients.
After analyzing data gathered from a smartphone app and wristband worn by chemotherapy patients, the researchers linked lower activity levels to more unexpected health encounters, such as emergency room visits. As such, by tracking activity levels, wearables could help cancer patients receive the right treatment intensity, and act as a potential early-warning bell if a patient is not doing well.
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