Scientists at St George's University of London have created a new application, accessible on mobiles, that can tell how long terminal cancer patients have left to live.
The research uses blood tests, pulse rate and symptoms to estimate life expectancy of patients. Campaigners hope it will help families and carers to make plans for the care and treatment of patients close to the end of their lives.
"These scales can provide valuable information for patients, careers and health professionals. It is important to remember that these results do not provide a definitive model for predicting how long someone will live, but it will give everyone concerned a clearer idea of what it is likely to happen," The Scotsman quoted Dr Paddy Stone as saying.
"This study provides a solid starting point for improving accuracy in survival predictions, which can continue to be refined and improved."
The new system is being presented today at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.