Ovarian Cancer Surgery Helped By Fluorescent Lights
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Ovarian cancer surgery was improved by using dye to light up cells and help guide doctors through the process, according to a new study.

“Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to see, and this technique allowed surgeons to spot a tumor 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,” said Philip Low, the chemistry professor at Purdue University who invented the dye, as quoted by ABC. “With ovarian cancer, it is clear that the more cancer you can remove, the better the prognosis for the patient. This is why we chose to begin with ovarian cancer. It seemed like the best place to start to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Other treatments are generally prescribed after the surgery, and these treatments are much more successful when very few cancer cells are left over. continues on ThirdAge

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