Cedars-Sinai to test Fitbit activity trackers in cancer clinical trial

Cedars-Sinai is planning to trial the use of Fitbit Charge HR activity trackers to gauge the suitability of cancer patients for certain treatments, MobiHealthNews reports. The trial is an attempt to collect objective data to inform whether to give chemotherapy to patients, the more active of whom tend to respond better, in terms of both safety and efficacy, to the treatment. "We thought that with these expensive activity trackers and wearable biosensors, there may be a way to see how active a patient actually is, and see how they've been doing over the past week, perhaps as a better assessment tool for how functional they are and therefore whether they will or will not tolerate chemotherapy well," principal investigator Dr. Arvind Shinde said. Article