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A group of surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania is conducting experiments upon a new technology that could substantially enhance the chances of survival amongst the Mesothelioma patients. This is done by ensuring that patients having malignant pleural mesothelioma can have their cancers removed.
The complete removal of the cancer cells can create a major difference between life & death. This is because even the slightest remnants of the cancer cells could quickly grow back into tumors. However, the process of the complete resection known as “macroscopic complete resection” is not easy.
Therefore, for improving the chances of removing as many cancer cells as possible, the team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania at the Abramson Cancer Center has come up with the innovative technology -“TumorGlow”. This technology is a type of intraoperative imaging technique that makes even the slightest clusters of cancer cells glow under the impact of the near-infrared light rays.
As per the study, this advanced technique has the capability of improving the overall precision & accuracy of treating cancer during surgeries. It also helps in facilitating the earliest detection of the small cancer tumors for ensuring better outcomes of the cancer treatment. Towards testing the overall success & feasibility of the given “light up” technique, the team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania took help from 20 patients having malignant pleural mesothelioma. The patients who were about to have their cancer surgeries were injected with the given dye of the “TumorGlow” machine 24 hours before the operation.
During the cancer surgery, the doctors made use of the infrared light to help them guide to as many groups of cancer cells as possible. The given samples of cancer cells that looked suspicious were then removed.