New Technology Makes Cancer Cells Emit Fluorescent Glow

by Kathy Jones on  September 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM Cancer News
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Scientists in the United States have developed a new technology through which cancer cells in the body emit a fluorescent glow, allowing cancer surgeons to operate more effectively.
 New Technology Makes Cancer Cells Emit Fluorescent Glow
New Technology Makes Cancer Cells Emit Fluorescent Glow
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Cancer surgeons who rely on traditional method of vision and touch often miss out on finding very small clusters of ovarian tumors that are less than one tenth of a millimetre across. The new technology is expected to help the surgeons detect small tumors and increase the success rates in such surgeries.

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Researchers led by Professor Philip Low, from Purdue University in West Lafayette, developed the technology by combining fluorescent label with a modified form of folic acid that binds with the cancer cells. The surgeons were then able to view the cancer cells through a special camera system that displayed the cells as green patches.

"Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to see, and this technique allowed surgeons to spot a tumour 30 times smaller than the smallest they could detect using standard techniques. By dramatically improving the detection of the cancer - by literally lighting it up - cancer removal is dramatically improved", Professor Low said. The research has been published in the journal Nature Medicine.

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