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Dealing with cancer is stressful enough; managing a complex chemotherapy regimen shouldn’t be an additional burden. Oncologist/Hematologist Edward Greeno, MD, a professor in the Department of Medicine, is one of a group of physicians at the Medical School who are the first to use digital medicine to ensure that patients take their chemotherapy consistently and on time.
Each chemotherapy pill contains a tiny, ingestible sensor designed by Proteus Digital Health. Smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, these sensors track information: when medicine was taken, the patient’s heart rate, activity level, and sleep cycle.
Once the patient takes the pill, the sensor sends the data to a small patch on the patient’s abdomen, which then connects to a mobile app that both patient and doctor can access. The sensor itself dissolves in the digestive process.
For chemotherapy to be most effective, patients need to take the right dosage at the right time. Both a patient and a doctor can receive an alert if a dose isn’t taken on schedule or if refills are needed, allowing them to work as a team to ensure the best possible outcome.
  Resident artists at the Weisman Art Museum culminate a year-long collaboration with Medical School researchers in “Walk Back to Your Body,” a show of four interactive artworks that illustrate how people experience their bodies.

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