Revolutionary probe enables surgeons to detect all invasive brain cancer cells during surgery
Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University and the Polytechnique Montréal. The collaborative team has created a powerful new intraoperative probe for detecting cancer cells. The hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe enables surgeons, for the first time, to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells
Often it is impossible to visually distinguish cancer from normal brain, so invasive brain cancer cells frequently remain after surgery, leading to cancer recurrence and a worse prognosis. Surgically minimizing the number of cancer cells improves patient outcomes. The study is published in Science Translational Medicine.
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Posted on 23 May, 2015, in Blog, Brain Cancer and tagged brain cancer, brain cancer awareness, brain cancer awareness month, brain tumor, brain tumours, cancer cells, childhood brain cancer, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute, Polytechnique Montréal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.