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Cancer Patients Can Now Benefits from Smart Healthcare (IoT)

2023-03-10  |  6 min read 

The cost of cancer care in the US is high and steadily growing. By 2030, the entire cost, which was $183 billion in 2015, will rise 34% to $246 billion. This anticipated rise in cancer is due to a number of factors, including ineffective care coordination, unsuitable or redundant services, inefficiencies that necessitate outpatient/inpatient follow-up, and the high cost of innovative therapies, in addition to population growth and rising life expectancy.  As a result, delivering high-quality healthcare that is secure, quick, effective, and patient-centered will be extremely difficult. Depending on the cancer stage and the clinical conditions of the patient, various therapies, including surgery, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, etc., are available to treat cancer patients. It is crucial to provide cancer patients with assistance over the course of treatment and to keep a careful eye on their symptoms as well as any negative side effects from medications. Despite many primary malignancies currently treated with chemotherapy as outpatients, cancer patients must take responsibility for managing their own side effects and other treatment-related issues at home.

Real-time data on cancer patients, together with information on side effects following surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiotherapy, is accessible via wearable technology. These tools enable cancer patients to receive therapy and self-manage side effects. They are a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, which is revolutionizing cancer treatment and healthcare in general and serving as a key enabler for distributed healthcare applications (Figure 1). IoT also enables the application of healthcare in a variety of settings, from the long-term care of the elderly and patient home monitoring, to the creation of more rigorous healthcare rehabilitation systems. This is particularly beneficial because the population is aging much more quickly now than it did in the past. In fact, worldwide demand will continue to rise in the coming years for managing chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, infectious diseases, hypertension, and hematologic disorders. 

Figure 1. Cancer patient treatment and monitoring using smart healthcare

In order to diagnose breast cancer and provide patient care, doctors have identified the usage of the IoT to enable big data processing through a multinetwork. This is a ground-breaking approach since breast cancer death rates for women have risen by 57% globally since 2007 and are rising quickly. Earlier methods for finding breast cancer showed potential roadblocks for both medical practitioners and researchers. Physicians may swiftly diagnose cancer symptoms and forecast the most appropriate treatment options and recovery schedules by analyzing all patient data collected from different IoT sensors and devices. Using intelligently connected sensors, objects, devices, data, and applications, IoT has had a significant impact on and has shaped the connectivity landscape in healthcare. In order to ensure preserving lives and enhancing the quality of a cancer patient’s life through the use of smart connected devices, it is essential to embrace the possibilities and advantages of IoT in healthcare delivery.

Luckily, technology has advanced significantly in the area of wireless communications, including WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, LoRa, etc., with the IoT serving as the main engine behind smart healthcare and cancer treatment. For instance, ZigBee-based wireless sensor networks are a crucial component of medical systems due to their low cost, low power consumption, and network flexibility. Moreover, LoRa enables data transmission from medical sensors with a limited transmission range over the air for tens of kilometers. By sharing information between doctors and nurses, these methods could considerably facilitate the diagnosis of cancer patients.

IoT devices must adhere to strict specifications for internal wireless connectivity validation, signal spectrum, and power consumption verification. Healthcare systems can overcome the difficulties posed by testing solutions and provide an easy and quick test setup as well as precise results with the correct test equipment. With the ability to update as needed, Keysight's BSA products offer solutions that make it simple to fulfill current design needs (Figure 2). The BSA family offers the necessary speed and precision to uphold healthcare standards. These solutions help you reduce the risk by ensuring properly optimized device designs for your cancer care and healthcare IoT needs, precisely tested tools for your signal and power integrity issues, and carefully validated test systems to work dependably in the real world.

Figure 2. Keysight’s IOT solution for wireless connectivity and power consumption in Cancer care

Cancer treatment and smart healthcare take significant advantage from IoT, and Keysight’s BSA family offers the best solutions for your needs to connect patients, doctors, and smart medical devices in the most innovative ways. This is highly regarded by both medical professionals and cancer researchers.