A MONITORING SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS PATIENTS TO KEEP TRACK OF THE SIZE OF SUPERFICIAL TUMORS OVER TIME.
In the United States, approximately 900 to 1,500 people are diagnosed with Desmoid tumors every year. Desmoid tumors can be 'superficial' or 'deep', InLpase focuses in 'superficial' tumors which are easily seen in the skin. These tumors may grow very slowly over a period of months and years or may be aggressive and grow rapidly.
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InLapse system helps patients record a tumor size through photographs taken in the camera of the InLapse app. The camera uses augmented reality to prompt the user to the exact location in which a photo must be taken. Through image recognition, it then notifies the user if the tumor has increased significantly in size since the last photo taken and suggests if the patient needs to visit a doctor.
R E S E A R C H
WHAT ARE DESMOID TUMORS?
Desmoid tumors are benign growths that develop in the connective tissue of the body which is formed by Fibroblast cells. A Fibroblast cell is found throughout our body from head to toe and is critical to keeping the entire structure of our body intact. When these cells undergo mutations it increases the size of the tumor, these tumors can be removed but the rate of recurrence is very high. (http://dtrf.org)
There is no cure for Desmoid tumors, and most important there’s no individual treatment that can completely eradicate a tumor. This is why most of the patients go through several therapies in order to reduce the size of a tumor.
In my search to better understand this condition, I interviewed a patient and an Oncologist from UCSF Medical Center, they guided me through the different treatments and side effects of each one. These are all illustrated in the following diagrams.
What might help patients keep track of a tumor size?