One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their life: a troubling statistic, and one that calls for action. While there’s no shortage of research and other efforts in dealing with breast cancer, actual treatment can still be a bit of a crude exercise. Many doctors are mostly guessing when it comes to choosing a course of treatment, leading to less-than-effective care, unnecessary side effects, and higher costs.
Just like no two people are alike, no two cases of breast cancer of alike; there is no “one size fits all” cancer treatment regimen. Advances in molecular biology, genomics, and research have exposed a clearer path to determining which specific type of treatment is more likely to respond to a specific tumor for a specific patient, but doctors don’t have this data at their fingertips, and explaining this to patients can be an arduous exercise. Artemis will address this problem for both doctors and patients.
Artemis will correlate collected research data with a patient’s unique genetic profile, which produces a series of probabilities that a particular treatment regimen will be effective. The app then guides doctors in constructing the most appropriate treatment regimen for that individual. Additionally, Artemis will provide information about why that particular regimen was selected for the patient. Not only will this ease often difficult communication between doctors and patients, but it will also help to improve the overall breast cancer treatment experience.
Artemis is an application full of promise, but it exists now only as a prototype. We built this prototype to aid the startup in the fundraising process. Starting with a handful of data, we collaborated with them to build a demo in just one business week. That includes all design and implementation, a process aided through the rapid iteration made possible by our tools of choice, AngularJS and Middleman. Unsure of the final form factor, we designed the app responsively to ensure a consistent experience across devices, keeping the interface simple to mimic a native app experience. We had constant collaboration with the startup to build the most compelling demo narrative possible, and the prototype is currently being shown off to potential users and backers. We were excited to work on a project of this potential impact, and we’re looking forward to bringing the full Artemis experience to life.