They have developed a computer with an algorithm that can indicate whether or not the disease is spreading to patients organs and if their life is being threatened because of it.
The test is for breast cancer patients where the disease has spread to their lymph node. A lump under the armpit is a sign of that.
"By inspecting more features of the lymph node, we can separate the lymph-node positive breast cancer patients into a group who will develop distant metastasis quickly, and identify those patients who have very little risk of getting secondary cancers," Dr Anita Grigoriadis, who led the research from King’s College London, told the Daily Mail. Adding, “We can therefore provide crucial information and might identify low-risk patients among a high-risk group.”
According to the report, a good portion of women with this type of cancer will not see it spreading to their organs within the next decade.