Women's Health

Can a Pen Be the Next Big Diagnostic Tool for Breast Cancer?

The pen is also 94.7% accurate when it comes to thyroid cancers

Removal of the thyroid gland can be debilitating to patients, but can be necessary if the initial surgery doesn’t remove all of the cancerous cells. The study on thyroid cancer involved 56 patients; 27 without cancer and 29 with cancer. Of the 29 with cancer, two different types were identified; Papillary carcinoma and Follicular adenoma. For Papillary carcinoma, the pen was able to distinguish cancer cells among healthy cells 94.4% of the time, identify the type of cancer 100% of the time, and had an overall accuracy rate of 97.8%. For Follicular adenoma, the pen was able to distinguish cancerous cells from healthy cells 90.9% of the time, identify the type of cancer 96.3% of the time, and had an overall accuracy rate of 94.7%.