Researchers from the Medical Research Council Cancer Cell Unit in Cambridge have developed a new throat spray that could help doctors in making an early detection of esophageal cancer.
Current testing methods sometimes lead to wrong diagnosis and the treatment involves invasive procedures including the complete removal of the esophagus. The new florescent spray will help doctors make a more accurate diagnosis as it sticks only to healthy cells in the esophagus, thereby allowing doctors to check for cancer cells.
The affected cells can then be treated with minimal invasive procedures such as radiofrequency ablation. Lead researcher Dr Rebecca Fitzgerald said that the spray will help not only doctors, but also patients as it will avoid unnecessary invasive procedures.