Imagine getting to the end of your chemotherapy treatment, which is typically 4 to 6 months, and discovering it did not work. Instead of waiting and enduring the challenges of chemo without an indication if the therapy is being effective, WaveCheck has developed a technique which may tell patients if the treatment is working in as little as four weeks.
WaveCheck is now crowdfunding on Indiegogo to raise funds to further their research and expedite release of their device to breast cancer patients everywhere. They believe their peer-reviewed results and observational studies prove the technology works but they need more testing and refinement for public release.
“Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s positivity makes it easy to overlook the fact that 60 to 70 per cent of chemotherapy treatments fail,” says Dr. Gregory Czarnota, chief of Radiation Oncology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and co-inventor of WaveCheck with Professor Michael C. Kolios of Ryerson University. “WaveCheck’s technology can tell people with breast cancer and their doctors if a particular chemotherapy is working in as little as four weeks.”
“WaveCheck’s ultimate goals are to give people a say in their treatment plan, avoid unnecessary side effects from ineffective chemo and help to find the treatment that’s right for each person,” says Fazila Seker, campaign co-director and business development manager at MaRS Innovation, which leads the campaign. “We’ve raised over $40,000 from 340 donors worldwide, putting us in excellent position to launch the first partner study site in January 2014.”
- 100% of raised funds will directly go to the research.
- Supporters will directly see their donation’s impact through semi-annual progress updates provided by the project team while having the ongoing opportunity to ask the research team questions.
As the campaign campaign explains, currently doctors monitor changes in tumor size by hand. These changes are not easily detectable. Using the WaveCheck monitoring device, which can be added to standard ultrasound machines, they hope they can alter the future of breast cancer treatment.
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