Israeli researchers have developed and tested an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) treatment to eliminate aggressive cancerous tumors, the Rambam Health Care Campus said Wednesday.
The new method addresses sarcoma cancer tumors, known for their resistance to chemotherapy treatment, according to the largest hospital in northern Israel.
Such tumors cannot be removed by surgery because of their proximity to vital organs, nerves, or blood vessels.
To deal with these tumors, Rambam researchers choose radiation treatment with high intensity through a virtual grid, or net, to attack the tumors in a targeted manner.
They created the method by using complex calculations of radiation intensity, along with AI to determine the path of radiation.
“We use very accurate radiation, like a scalpel, so the treatment is not painful and quite similar to a computed tomography (CT) scan”, the researchers described.
They have tested the method on three Israeli patients, and the result showed that the tumors in their feet were completely removed without the need for chemotherapy or resection.
“Given the success with the first cases, it will be possible to extend treatment for large metastases in other types of cancer,” they concluded.