Treating Cancer with Math

Research partnerships with Ontario Universities discover...

that mathematical modeling can measure bone temperature prior to using high-intensity focused ultrasound for tumor treatment, eliminating the need for more invasive tactics. 

Removing tumours, whether cancerous or benign, is a painful and invasive procedure in which patients risk infection. But what if there was a way to take out a tumour without making a single incision? Researchers at the University of Waterloo are using mathematical modeling to develop a system that relies on ultrasound waves to burn off tumours. Guided by an MRI machine, the ultrasound waves induce intense heat in the tumour, but are harmless to surrounding tissue.

Waterloo’s researchers partnered with Phillips Canada and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children to make the treatment a reality, allowing patients to avoid radiation or surgery.

Jack Campanile’s tumour removed without radiation or surgery at SickKids