Automation in oncology
In medicine – particularly in treating or operating on patients – robots still have their limitations. While they perform well in robotically assisted surgery, their use is still far from standard. This could be about to change, however, thanks to the SEON project at the University Hospital Erlangen, which is putting a Stäubli robot to use in oncology for the first time.
Up to now, most cancer patients have been prescribed surgery and/or chemotherapy. The latter is usually an arduous way for sufferers to fight tumors. This is because any chemotherapeutic course of treatment takes an immense toll on the body. The high-dose drugs necessary to fight cancer cells circulate through the body. In the process, they also affect healthy cells, weakening the patient.
The objective of the SEON research project is to open up completely new avenues for treating tumors through robotics. The idea is that solid tumors (metastases) would be precisely targeted as an alternative to chemo. For this