Surgeons Make Cancer Cells Fluoresce for Removal, University of Groningen Study

Published: Sep 20, 2011

Trying to remove every last cancer cell during surgery can be a bit like playing blind man's buff: they are often the same colour as healthy cells, so surgeons risk leaving behind cancer cells which can regrow. But that could change thanks to a technique that makes ovarian cancer cells glow. Currently, surgeons largely rely on touch to determine where an ovarian tumour starts and ends. "You have no real clue where the borders are," says Gooitzen Van Dam of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands

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